F250 driver faces DUI charge for smashing into house


by KREM.com


Posted on November 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 7:40 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Charges indicate that the man accused of driving his truck into a Coeur d’Alene home was drunk. Police announced Friday that Thomas Heinbaugh, 27, will be charged with Aggravated DUI and felony leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Officers said Heinbaugh crashed his 1999 Ford F250 into a home along 5th and E. Hattie on Thursday night and injured three people.

The crash left Jeffrey Groat, 35, and Sherri Bloom, 30, with serious injuries. Bloom’s daughter, Lyra Bonk, 10, was also injured during the crash. All three of the victims were inside the house when Heinbaugh’s vehicle slammed through the wall according to law enforcement.

Police said Heinbaugh ran the stop sign before going over the curb and hitting the house. Heinbaugh spent time in jail in 2008 for fleeing the scene of an accident and has previously been charged with DUI.

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Family friends told KREM 2 News on Friday that adults and child will eventually be okay.

Bloom was found trapped under part of a couch and a door. Authorities found Groat trapped underneath the back of the truck. Bloom’s mother said Jeff had multiple fractures and cuts to his legs and her daughter has serious neck and head injuries.

Police arrived on scene, saw the truck had crashed through the front of the house, and came to rest completely inside of the home.  The front of the truck knocked the back wall out of the house according to officers. They said parts of the wall were suspended in air due to electrical wiring.

Friends and family are still looking for Groat’s dog, Burke, who went missing after the crash. The dog is a black, Great Dane. If you see him you can call Jeff's friend Brandi Eiber at 208-640-9490.