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Police arrest man for impaired driving after SUV crashes into house, injures teen girl

Written by Bill McCleery and Julie Sickel
11:24 AM, Nov 6, 2012


Police have arrested a driver on suspicion of drunken driving following the crash of an SUV into a house late Monday on the city’s Northeastside. One person was seriously hurt in the crash.


Devon Sylvester, 21, Zionsville, faces preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, said Sgt. Linda Jackson of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.


Kristina Brucker, 37, and her daughter Paige, 16, both residents in the home in the 5500 block of North Drexel Avenue, were in the living room watching television about 10 p.m. when a black GMC Envoy left the roadway, traveled about 30 yards and piled into the front of the house.


Henry Gaffin, Kristina’s father, said Paige was hit by the SUV, while the elder Brucker was thrown across the room. Paige was transported to Methodist Hospital, Jackson said, and taken into surgery after suffering a compound fracture to one of her femurs and multiple lacerations to her face.


Her mother and brother went to Methodist on their own for medical treatment, said IFD spokeswoman Bonnie Hensley. Scott Brucker was watching TV with his 13-year-old son in the family room of the house when the crash occurred. He called Gaffin, who lives in Carmel, and told him to get to the house.


“Scott called me and I thought he said somebody broke in,” Gaffin said. “They did a little more than break in, I guess.” Scott Brucker stayed behind to place the family’s dog and cat with neighbors before heading to the hospital.


“Paige is always in her room,” Brucker said. “If she had been in her room when this happened…” Sylvester, the suspect, was not immediately visible when police and fire officials arrived but was found nearby. About 11 p.m., police had detained and seated the suspect in the back seat of a patrol cruiser.


Hensley said Scott Brucker had to reach inside the SUV to turn the vehicle off after the crash. Her unofficial property damage estimate was $35,000. Sylvester was transported to Wishard Hospital for a blood draw then taken to the Arrestee Processing Center, Jackson said.

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