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NORMAL — A Bloomington man faces a formal charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after his vehicle ran into the living room of a house early Saturday morning in Normal.

Police say Jason Kneer, 48, was driving in the 100 block of North Blair Drive around 2 a.m. when his car veered off the street and into the home of Seth Boggess and his wife, Natasha Warloe. Nobody at the home was hurt.

Kneer was transported to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries and then booked into the McLean County jail. He posted $135 bond and was released.

Boggess told The Pantagraph he and his wife and two children were sleeping in bedrooms in the rear of their home at 113 N. Blair Drive in Normal when he said he was awakened by the sound of a “crash.”

Normal fire units arrived on the scene and discovered the car had damaged the house's natural gas service. Crews repaired the damage Saturday.

Police said Kneer was headed north on Blair when it swerved across the center line. The car went over the curb and went another 100 feet before crashing through some small trees and lodging itself almost entirely inside the home's living room.

Wrecker operators from Joe’s Towing and Recovery removed the car from the house. The hole in the wall of the structure measured about 5 feet by 8 feet, said police.


Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.