Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2004

Diversion ordered in May house wreck

August 12, 2004

An 18-year-old who drunkenly drove his car through the front of a Basehor home in May agreed to a 12-month diversion plan Tuesday in Basehor Municipal Court instead of facing three charges relating to the incident.

The driver, who is now 18, was charged as a minor with driving under the influence, reckless driving and not wearing a seatbelt. The charges stem from an incident May 14 in which the teen-ager drove his vehicle through the front of Basehor resident Leonard Simpson's home at 2916 N. 154th Street.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m., police reported. The driver's car ripped through the front of the Simpson home, through a sun porch and into the family living room.

No injuries were reported.

As part of the diversion agreement, charges against the driver -- minor in possession and curfew violation -- were waved. He paid fines totaling $1,010, according to the court.

The teen-ager must attend an Alcohol Drug Safety Action program and also an alcohol information school under terms agreed to in the diversion, court officials reported. He is not allowed to drink or use drugs during that diversionary period, officials added.

The diversion agreement will be reviewed in six months. Court officials said charges against the driver may be reinstated if he violates any of the conditions in the agreement.

Basehor police said the driver failed a breathalizer test at the scene of the accident. Police said the driver's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

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