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Aberdeen house hit by suspected drunk driver

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Around 10 Sunday evening, a suspected drunk driver was headed eastbound on Goodrich Ave. in Aberdeen. He decided to make a left hand turn, but he didn't make the corner and crashed into a house.

The driver was Travis L. Picotte, 30, of Aberdeen, and he was arrested at the scene.

"He hit that house, my understanding was there was a child in the bed, and the bed moved when he hit the house," neighbor Diane Zahn said. "He crunched up their swing set, and hit my garage."

The impact of crash was so loud, many nearby neighbors could hear and even feel it.

"We were watching TV around 10 and Diana said, the window just shook, what was that?" neighbor Gary Wolforth said.

A woman and her young daughter were in the house at the time of the crash, but neither were injured.

Many neighbors were startled by the accident.

"It's pretty scary because my house is right here, my kids bedroom is right on the corner too, so it could have been my house," neighbor Tandy Walker said. "I'm definitely happy that they are okay."

The driver was lucky to just miss a shed housing a gasoline pipe.

"It's absolutely crazy, I mean really," Zahn said. "He's lucky he didn't hit that gasoline shed there. We could have had an explosion."

The Red Cross has put the family up in a local hotel until the mess is cleaned up.
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