Suspected drunk driver crashes into OSHP post

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — If a public meeting at the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol ended an hour later Tuesday night, people could have been injured when a suspected drunk driver came crashing into the building.

But fortunately, the meeting in the conference room of the Sandusky post had already ended before the crash just after 9 p.m.

Dakota Clouse (Photo courtesy: Erie County Sheriff's Office)

Dakota Clouse (Photo courtesy: Erie County Sheriff’s Office)

That’s where a car driven by Dakota Clouse, 24, of Castalia, Ohio, ended up, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

Investigators said he was drunk when he was speeding eastbound on U.S. 6 before travelling off the side of the road, over-correcting to the left side of the highway, traveling across the lawn of the Sandusky Patrol post, hitting a large concrete sign, and crashing into the front of the building.

According to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Clouse had an outstanding felony warrant and did not have a valid driver’s license due to an OVI conviction in September of 2015.

Clouse was transported to Firelands Hospital with serious injuries. State troopers said he was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle.

The crash left extensive damage to the walls and windows of the conference room at the Sandusky Patrol post. The concrete sign and landscaping were also damaged.