Accused Drunk Driver Hits Church, Tree

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PORTAGE, Mich. (June 11, 2014) — A man from Gobles is under arrest, after police say he crashed his truck into a church, all while he was under the influence early Wednesday morning.

Police got the call shortly after 2:00 a.m. for a vehicle that crashed into a tree on W. Center Ave in Portage.  When officers arrived, they determined a 2008 Chevy Silverado had run off the side of the road and hit the Portage Free Methodist Church before coming to rest against a tree on the property.

The driver, a 69-year-old man from Gobles, was uninjured in the crash.  However, police believe alcohol was involved, and arrested the man for Operating While Intoxicated.

Fire officials will look at the damage to the church later on Wednesday.

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