Chase ends in woman’s living room

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By Molly Haines

An Owen County man was hospitalized following a police pursuit that ended when he crashed into the home of Norma Mae Poe early Thursday morning.

Roy Austerman, 20, of Old Sweet Owen Road was traveling north on U.S. 127 when Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn attempted to pull him over for speeding.

Austerman tried to elude the police. After a half-mile chase, the pursuit ended at 430 East Adair St.

Poe’s neighbor, Terri Arnce, said Austerman was traveling at a high rate of speed when he reached her front yard and then crashed into the home of Poe around 4:45 a.m.

Poe said she heard the crash, but was unaware that someone had crashed into her living room.

“The sirens were going off so much I thought someone was trying to break in,” Poe said. “Then I walked into the living room and turned the light on and saw all that mess.”

The impact of the crash left cracks in the walls of Poe’s living room, knocked pictures off the wall, broke her television and rocking chair along with other items.

According to Arnce, Austerman’s car appeared to be totaled.

“It took the wrecker 20 or 25 minutes just to get the car loaded,” Arnce said.

Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said Austerman attemped to flee the police because he did not have a driver’s license.

Gentry said no drugs or alcohol were involved and that Austerman would eventually be charged with two counts of wanton endangerment plus fleeing and evading.

Poe said she will stay with her daughter until the damages to her home are repaired.

Cleveland said the district has received reports of not only H1N1, but strep throat, bronchitis and the stomach flu.

“If our attendance dips down below 80-percent, again we’ll probably call it,” Cleveland said.

Monday’s attendance rate was in line with all surrounding districts, Cleveland said.