Ryan Kochel said he is thankful his 2-year-old daughter had no injuries after an alleged drunk driver plowed through the front of his home on Chamboard Lane Friday night.
At around 10:30 p.m., Ryan Kochel and his wife Robin, were at home with other family while Charlie, their daughter, slept in her bedroom as heavy thunderstorms passed through the area. After hearing a loud bang come from the front of the home, which faces the intersection of Golf Drive and Chamboard Lane, Ryan said he assumed it was a lightning strike.
“Our relatives we had staying in town for a few days said a car went through the house,” Kochel said.
In a particularly scary situation, the vehicle struck Charlie’s bedroom, right up against her daughter’s bed.
“Luckily, a few weeks ago she decided she like sleeping with her head facing the other way,” Kochel said.
Kochel immediately confronted the driver, identified by police as Micahel Ross McMillan, 42, and Kochel said he appeared heavily intoxicated. At one point, McMillan allegedly attempted to start the vehicle back up several times, but an alert neighbor also confronted McMillan.
“I told him, ‘you just hit my daughter’s bedroom,’ and he looked like he had no clue what was going on,” Kochel said.
Fortunately, Charlie wasn’t injured, although she was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital for a full check up. Kochel said he and his wife have been living in the area for eight years and have never seen anything like this.
“It’s always something you see on the news or on TV,” Kochel said. “I’m just thankful and grateful my daughter wasn’t hurt as it could have turned out a lot worse.”
According to police, McMillan, allegedly refused sobriety tests at the scene. After being taken into custody, officers obtained a warrant for a blood draw and he has been subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated (second offense).