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Drunk driver plows into Loveland home

(PHOTO: Clermont County Jail) (PHOTO: Clermont County Jail)
LOVELAND, OH (FOX19) -

Imagine sitting in your living room with your one-week-old baby when a drunk driver suddenly comes crashing into your home. It happened to one Loveland family Sunday night.

The VanHook family said they were sitting in the living room when a truck crashed into their front porch shaking their home off it's foundation.

"You could be doing 40, 50 mph and plow into it and as you can see with all the damage he was going pretty fast,” said Jordon Metts, a friend of the VanHooks.

Police said Harold Reynolds, Jr. already convicted of four previous OVI offenses was drunk again when he missed the curve on Oakland Road in Loveland. He took out a front porch and came inches from landing in Eric VanHook's living room.

"The curve kind of dips in a little bit when you are making that turn especially at the speed you are going. It doesn't tell you, it doesn't give you much of a slow down area. Especially at night, you don't see anything,” said Metts.

The homeowners said they've had drivers crash on their property at least once a year since they've lived here. They said they have asked the city of Loveland for nearly 20 years to put in a guardrail near the curve to prevent cars from plowing into their home but have not had any luck.

This time, no one was injured but Metts worries next time they won't be so lucky.

"I just hope they do something eventually to get a guardrail or tell people to slow down or something," said Metts.

Oakland Road also serves as State Route 48. The Ohio Department of Transportation says in most cases if a highway is within city limits, the municipality is responsible for guardrails. Loveland says they are looking into the matter and hope to have answers for the VanHooks in the coming days.

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