Woman charged with OWI after early morning crash in Mount Pleasant

Drunk-DrivingOn Saturday morning October 10th, 2015 at 6:16am, Mount Pleasant Police Officers along with SouthShore fire rescue services were dispatched to 1636- Richard Avenue, in the Lake Park subdivision of the Village of Mount Pleasant, for a reported personal injury accident/crash. Callers reported a 1 vehicle crash off of STH 32, into a garage at that location. For clarification, 1636- Richard Avenue is at the western end of Richard Avenue, where it abuts the eastern ditch line of STH 32. Upon MPPD Officers arrival, a vehicle was located impacted into the garage there. The vehicle operated by 23 year old Khala Justine Garcia had been travelling southbound on STH 32, with the operator losing control of her vehicle. The Garcia vehicle crossed over the northbound lanes of STH 32, entering the east ditch line, heading towards the dead end of Richard avenue. The vehicle struck a wooden stockade fence, a 2nd fence (cyclone), continuing thru the rear yard. The vehicle impacted the north garage wall at 1636- Richard, impacting a collector vehicle stored within, causing extensive damage. The vehicle continued thru the garage, and partially exited through the west wall of the garage, coming to rest there. The garage was structurally compromised by the impact of the vehicle. The vehicle had also struck a road sign off of STH 32, shearing it off at the base, prior to striking the first fence.

Garcia was transported by SSFD rescue squad to Wheaton-Franciscan St. Mary’s emergency room for non-life threatening facial injuries, and lacerations. Mount Pleasant building inspector was called to the scene due to the compromised structural integrity of the garage. Garcia was cited for the following charges:
Operating a M/Vehicle while intoxicated- 1st Offense, Operating a M/Vehicle while license SUSPENDED- 8th Offense, 1 count of Reckless Driving, and Operating a M/Vehicle without required automobile insurance.

MPPD Officers were assisted at the scene by SouthShore fire/rescue, Mount Pleasant building inspections department, and Floyd’s towing and recovery. End of release.