Motorist drives Jeep through garage, into home in Presque Isle

Posted July 06, 2011, at 5:48 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Fort Fairfield man who suffered a medical problem while driving his Jeep on Tuesday afternoon veered off the roadway and drove the vehicle into a house.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes said the accident happened at around 2 p.m. on Griffin Street.

According to Barnes, Charles Cormier, 57, blacked out while driving on the street, which is near Presque Isle High School, and his 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee careened off the road and into the attached garage of a two-story home at 23 Griffin St. The Jeep went through the garage and into the residence itself.

Barnes said no one was home at the time of the crash.

Cormier was wearing a seat belt and his air bags deployed. He was taken by Crown Ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center for tests.

Cormier’s condition was not available Wednesday, but Barnes said Cormier did not suffer any visible injuries in the accident.

The vehicle was totaled, and the home had significant damage. Presque Isle Fire Chief Darrell White ordered the home be inspected before the residents move back in.

Barnes and Officer Larry Fickett investigated the crash.

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