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Posted at 6:54 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Woman charged after SUV hits home

By The Baltimore Sun

A woman who crashed into her home in Laurel early Saturday was charged with drunken driving, Anne Arundel County officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 3300 block of Yellow Flower Road, near Whiskey Bottom Road, where an Infiniti sport-utility vehicle had struck an end-unit townhouse, said Division Chief Michael Cox, a fire spokesman.

The driver, Loyce Eva Atim, 34, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, said Lt. James Fredericks, a police spokesman. The address she gave was the address of the home, which caught fire, he said.

No one was in the house at the time. Atim was not injured, Fredericks said.

Firefighters were called at 2:01 a.m. for reports of a dwelling fire. Cox said the SUV "sheered" the gas line, which caused the fire that burned the car and spread to the home. He said firefighters extinguished the blaze inside the house but had to wait for BGE crews to shut off gas to the home.

The fire was under control by 4:37 a.m., Cox said. One firefighter was taken to Howard County General Hospital for medical issues.

By The Baltimore Sun  | February 7, 2011; 6:54 AM ET
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karma baby....
wonder if her insurance will pay for this mess.

Posted by: donnabee1 | February 7, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

As donnabee1 said, "karma baby...."

Truly amazing. Criminal record, ruined car, burned house. Time for a midlife crisis.

Posted by: williamhuxtan | February 7, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Lose your house... your car and your freedom all in one night!

Talk about a pricey drink!

Posted by: seendadream | February 7, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Okay this is Karma. But at this point why waste tax-payer money charging her and putting her on trial? Just let her insurance company know the situation thus her having to pay to replace her car and her house (because the insurance company won't have to under these circumstances) is better than any fine or restitution a court could impose.

Posted by: Arkygirl666 | February 7, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

"Driving while intoxicated"..."near Whiskey Bottom Road". Pun!

Posted by: metroman1 | February 7, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

This has to be a Laurel cop, trying to get a raise, get real moron she has enough problems...

Posted by: Frank60 | February 7, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Infiniti abuse.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 7, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Whiskey Bottom Road? Yellow Flower Road?

Are those coinkydinks, Loyce?

Posted by: kinkysr | February 7, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

There we go again! The Post has identified another SUV as being the prime culprit (forget the driver was intoxicated) of this crash. According to the headline, the SUV caused the crash, and the intoxicated woman was just someone who happened to be in the vehicle. I'm sure if the vehicle had been a Chevy "Volt" the headline would have stated that a "car" hit the house.

Posted by: ridge_road_marco | February 7, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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