Man arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into Lebanon house

Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff's Office arrested a man after they say he crashed into a house while driving drunk.

Posted: Dec 10, 2017 11:13 AM
Updated: Dec 10, 2017 9:14 PM

LEBANON, Ore. - One man was arrested after he allegedly crashed into a house Saturday night while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said deputies responded to a reported non-injury motor vehicle crash on Hayden Road in Lebanon around 10:25 p.m. Saturday.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2017 Dodge Ram1500 pickup had crashed into a house.

The vehicle drove through the front window and came to rest in the living room. Only the rear portion of the pickup was sticking out of the house.

"There was a very large crash and as we ran out, we found a half ton pick up in our front room," said Peter Ellings, who owns the house.

He and his wife, Annie, were home when it happened. Fortunately, just prior to the crash, they had gone to bed and were not in the front portion of the house.

They said the damage is extensive.

"Pretty much everything in our living room is desk, Mom's antique hutch...the floor is buckled all the way down the hall and into the kitchen...destroyed the tree right after we set it up," said Peter. 

The Ellings said all of their pets are accounted for, except for one cat. They said their white Persian cat, Leo, got out during the crash and is still missing. 

Deputies identified the driver as Haven Austin Hansen, 22, of Lebanon and his passenger as Leif Jacob Erickson, 27, of Sweet Home.

Investigators said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hansen was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, and driving while suspended misdemeanor. The blood alcohol content for Hansen was almost three times the legal limit and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

The Lebanon Fire Department assisted the family in boarding up the front portion of the home.

The investigation is on-going.

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