Driver charged after Jeep slams into Laurel County house

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Crews are investigating a crash in Laurel County that damaged a home on Sunday night.

The driver of a Jeep crashed into a home on Amy North Road, off Highway 770, just outside of Corbin. A couple had just finished watching the news and gone to bed when the crash happened.

"I was scared to death. At first, I was asleep and had no idea what it was and I thought something terrible had happened," said Tara Cooper. "And, then when I heard the glass breaking, that's when I was really scared because we have a lot of glass in the back part of our house, and I thought somebody was breaking in."

When Cooper and her husband walked to the front of their home, they saw an SUV sticking out of it with no driver in sight.

The driver did not stay at the scene. However, police found a wallet and ID in the driver's seat.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office says they later got a call from the people in the home that was hit saying a man was on their porch and refusing to leave. When police found the man on the property, they say he appeared intoxicated. Investigators say the man admitted to using meth.

Police arrested the man, Justin M. Collins, and charged him with criminal trespassing, leaving the scene of an accident, and public intoxication.

"It makes me pretty mad. Last night, I was more scared than mad. But as I get away from being scared about it, I'm pretty mad that it happened," Cooper said.

Collins pleaded not guilty during a hearing a Monday. A judge set a $2,500 cash bond.

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