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Man charged with drunken driving after Sheldon crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Thomas Edward Fountain, 45, also suffered minor injuries in the 6 a.m. incident. He was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for treatment and was released, police said.

Damage was estimated at several thousand dollars, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Police were called at 5:59 a.m. Sunday to the area of Sheldon and Lafayette, where they found a vehicle at rest on the sidewalk on Lafayette Street, just west of Sheldon. The driver was standing next to the car and was visibly intoxicated, Freeman said.

An investigation revealed the man had been driving north on Sheldon, failed to negotiate the slight curve in the road at Howard Avenue, left the road and crashed into a tree in front of 311 S. Fifth St.

The car crashed into some patio furniture in that yard, continued through the yard at Boyden House Bed and Breakfast, 201 S. Fifth St., and sideswiped a vehicle in the driveway.

Fountain’s car “crashed into some landscaping which caused the vehicle to vault into the air and travel approximately 20-30 feet before landing and crashing into the front steps of the Boyden House,” Freeman said.

The vehicle ricocheted off the front steps, continued through a cement and brick retaining wall, and then stopped on the sidewalk.

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