Updated Mon, Sep 9, 2013 5:15 pm
A Nelsonville man was arraigned Monday morning on multiple charges after driving a car into a home in Butchel Saturday evening.
Patrick Magee, 38, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when Nelsonville police attempted to pull him over for squealing tires and speeding.
Police chased Magee around a Butchel neighborhood for several minutes. During that time, he drove through several yards and hit one of the police cars before he crashed into a home on Bessemer Road.
John C. Brown, 87, owns the home, and was sitting on the front porch when the black S.U.V. came crashing through is home, just four feet away from him.
"The man must have been going 80 miles an hour, and he just missed me by a few feet, and I was scared to death," he said.
The front hood of the car went through the side of the house into the kitchen, right next to the living room where Brown's wife, Rozella, was sitting.
Magee is charged with two counts of assault, one count of failure to comply, driving under the influence, operating a vehicle while under the influence, driving under suspension, and failure to control the vehicle.
While his kitchen and deck are nearly destroyed, Brown said he's the happiest man in the world. As a World War II veteran, he said he's used to near-death experiences, and is glad to be alive.
"I thank the good lord and I'm doing just fine. I feel like a new man, and I am extremely happy," he said.