A man whose Jeep Cherokee smashed into the first-floor of a Hicksville home Monday forcing a teenage girl to escape out an upstairs window was charged with driving while intoxicated, authorities said.
John J. Broschart, 73, of Hicksville, was arrested at an area hospital where he was taken for treatment of minor injuries after the crash, Nassau police said in a statement Monday night.
He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead, police said.
Broschart, of 111 Ballpark Lane, was driving north on Newbridge Road at about noon when he was struck from behind by a 2002 Jeep driven by a man, 28, whose name was not released, police said. Broschart's Cherokee then smashed into a fence before hitting the house on Blueberry Lane, police said.
The homeowner was in the living room and her teenage daughter was upstairs when the Cherokee rammed the back of the house, said Second Assistant Chief Robert Telender Jr. of the Hicksville Fire Department.
"The neighbor helped the [daughter] come out the window because the car went in so hard, it hit the staircase," Telender said.
The house's occupants were shaken but not physically hurt, Telender said.
Telender said after the Cherokee was hit, it careened across all four lanes of Newbridge Road.
"It was almost like when the guy got rear-ended, his foot hit the accelerator -- there was that much force," the fire official said.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Broschart's Cherokee declined medical treatment at the scene, police said.
The Cherokee mowed down a stockade fence and a storage shed before breaking into the first-floor bedroom and hitting not just the staircase but also a load-bearing wall, the Telender said.
The entire Jeep ended up inside the house, he said.
The teen's mother ran out, he said, and "she thought it was an earthquake."
A neighbor propped up a 6-foot ladder on the side of the house so the teenager could escape from the side of the house, he said.
In a two-hour operation with about 40 firefighters, a heavy-rescue fire truck winched out the Jeep, Telender said, and Bethpage fire volunteers joined Hicksville first responders to shore up the house.