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Grand Forks man charged with fleeing scene after crashing into house

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Donna and Harvey Hoiberg awoke to a "big bang" when this Ford 500 crashed into their basement family room at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. No one was injured in the incident. Police have charge the driver with reckless driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. (submitted photo/ Doug Jones).2 / 4
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For people who had a car crash into their home the previous night, Donna and Harvey Hoiberg were pretty relaxed.

“It could have been worse,” Harvey, 94, said with a shrug.

The couple awoke to a “big bang” at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, and went downstairs to an unusual sight: a red sedan jutting into their basement living room.

Donna said their 27-year-old grandson was staying in their basement, and happened to be up when he saw the red sedan barreling toward the house through a basement window. The car crashed through a chain link fence, knocked a garden shed off its foundation and entered the house squarely through a window pane.

But the errant driver didn’t stay around to apologize.

“All he did was groan and run,” Donna said, relaying her grandson’s account.

The Hoiberg’s have lived in their home at 2143 Seventh Ave. N.W. in  East Grand Forks for 27 years, and have been married for more than 70 years.

Jason Poellot, 32, of Grand Forks, has been charged with reckless driving and fleeing the scene of an accident, according to the East Grand Forks Police Department. Police and the Hoibergs say they arrested the man in an apartment complex across the street from the Hoibergs on Seventh Avenue Northwest.

First responders arrived at 12:54 a.m. Monday after receiving reports a vehicle had struck a home.

Officers found a Ford Five Hundred sedan had veered off the road, destroyed a garden shed and crashed into a the house, entering the basement.

Police located Poellot in an apartment across the street from the crash, interviewed him and placed him under arrest at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. The Hoibergs’ son-in-law Doug Jones said officers were waiting outside the apartment complex for an arrest warrant to detain Poellot.

No one was injured in the incident, police say, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Jones and the Hoibergs were surprised the home wasn’t damaged more.

The Hoibergs said they just put new shingles on their home following some storm damage.

“The poor insurance company has had it with us, I’d guess,” Donna said.