The driver of a pickup was injured Sunday night after violently crashing into the side of an unoccupied Dickinson residence.
Brian Foss, 40, of Dickinson, was traveling eastbound on First Street West at about 60 mph when he lost control of the Dodge Ram 1500 he was driving and crashed into the northwest corner of a residence at 45 Ninth Ave. W. The pickup drove over and uprooted a large tree on the property before entering the residence just before 9 p.m.
Capt. David Wilkie of the Dickinson Police Department said Foss was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital by the Dickinson Ambulance Service. A neighbor, whose vehicle was narrowly missed by the pickup, said he responded immediately after the crash and found Foss responsive but badly injured.
Foss had to be removed from the vehicle by the Dickinson Fire Department, Fire Chief Bob Sivak said. Wilkie said Foss was “pinned in the vehicle.”
“We did use some hydraulic tools on the passenger side of the vehicle to help the paramedics gain access to the vehicle,” Sivak said. “(Firefighters) employed hand tools to free him because of how he was actually trapped. It came down to basic hand tools to get him out.”
Foss does not own the pickup.
Wilkie said the owner had given him permission to use it.
East End Auto used one of its wreckers, as Sivak said, to “very, very expertly to pick that one out of the house.” The wrecker and firefighters kept the uprooted tree from causing any damage to a neighboring house.
Carter Heiser, who owns the property, said the previous occupants had moved out about two weeks ago and the residence was empty. He added that the property is a duplex and people still live in the other side, though they and their side of the residence were unharmed.
Heiser, who has owned the property since 2005, said the laundry room and bedroom of the north side of the residence sustained damage.
“It’s good that they were gone,” Heiser said. “But actually once I got in there, the laundry room is destroyed and the bedrooms are broke. If they would have been in there, they would have been OK — unless they were doing their laundry.”