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Published May 07 2012

VIDEO: Charges likely after car crashes into house in north Fargo

FARGO – The driver of a car that crashed through the wall of a north Fargo home early Monday was hospitalized with a head injury and will likely face multiple charges, police said.

Married couple Truman Olson and Peggy Sheldon were sleeping in their upstairs bedroom at about 1:20 a.m. at 3105 9½ St. N. when the car crashed into the living room directly below them, knocking the brick fireplace into the middle of the room.

“The whole thing just shook. I couldn’t believe it,” Olson said.

Sgt. Jared Crane said a Ford Taurus was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on 10th Street North approaching the intersection of 31st Avenue when the driver lost control, skidded across the boulevard and crashed through Olson’s wooden fence and into the house.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old George Paul Roy of West Fargo, ran from the scene, Crane said. Officers found him near Eighth Street North and 31st Avenue, where he had collapsed.

Roy sustained a head injury and was in and out of consciousness before being taken to Sanford Medical Center, Crane said. Sanford spokesman Darren Huber confirmed that Roy is a patient there but said Roy has requested that no information be released about his condition.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident, Crane said. Police are recommending Roy be charged with felony reckless endangerment, drunken driving and leaving the scene, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Olson said the force of the collision dislodged floor joists in the basement and caused shifting in the attic. The gas line to the fireplace was cut and had to be shut off, leaving the couple temporarily without heat.

Cass County court records show a warrant for Roy’s arrest was issued April 5 for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge stemming from a March 21 incident.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528