BURKE COUNTY, North Carolina — A 16-year-old girl is facing DWI charges after police say she rammed a pickup truck into a Burke County home Friday morning.
No one was injured, but the wreckage caused thousands of dollars in damage to a home along Old NC Highway 10 south of Icard.
The owner said the crash looked like a bomb went off when the truck hit the house. The truck pulled out the porch and damaged the foundation.
“If you had been on the porch, it would have broken me and my daughter. It would have crushed us both. We would have died because it was a bad impact,” said owner Holly Kiziah.
Channel 9’s Dave Faherty was able to see pieces of the truck still in the yard on Friday morning. The North Carolina Highway Patrol said a 16-year-old girl was driving when she left the road and hit the house.
The teenager was charged with DWI and possession of an open container. Soldiers estimate the damage to the home at nearly $8,000.
Soldiers told Faherty the crash happened less than a mile from a college. At the same time next week, buses will be on the road. Authorities also said the Booze It And Lose It campaign is kicking off across the state this weekend — ahead of Labor Day weekend — in an effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Owner Josh Kiziah hopes others will see this and not drive drunk.
“That was my first thought, my children, are my children okay? The house can be fixed, but I cannot replace my wife and children,” he said.
North Carolina Wildlife is also getting involved, looking for anyone under the influence while operating a boat.
The owners said the 16-year-old apologized to them after the accident. The soldiers are still working to find out where she got the booze.
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