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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 2:49 pm

A late-night collision between a vehicle and a residence narrowly averted disaster for the residents of the home.

After a night of drinking, Dalton Alverson, 22, and Mark Haney, 22, both of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing on Monday before Judge Don Bourne.

According to a report provided by the Russellville Police Department, at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday officers responded to the 500 block of Ashbrook Lane.

The officers arrived at the location and discovered a pickup had run through a house at the address. The truck had struck the front of the house, slammed through a bedroom and had partially entered a bathroom located in the center of the home. Officers stated in the report that the tailgate and back bumper of the truck had come to rest on a child's bed.

According to statements of the homeowner, the child had gotten out of bed approximately 30 minutes before the truck struck the house.

Both men were located by officers down the road from the accident.

Officers determined the driver of the truck was Alverson and his passenger was identified as Haney. As officers spoke to the two men, they stated they could smell a strong odor of alcohol.

Officers performed a breathalyzer on Alverson and allegedly determined his B.A.C. was 0.18, twice the legal limit.

Both men were arrested and transported to the Pope County Detention Center. Alverson faces the charges of criminal mischief and DWI, and Haney faces the charges of criminal mischief and public intoxication.

During the hearing, the prosecutor recommended bond to be issued to both men in the amounts of $25,000. Judge Bourne granted the bond amounts for $25,000 as recommended.

Judge Bourne ordered both men to not consume alcohol if they posted bond and ordered Alverson to not drive without a valid driver's license or permit.

Officers stated in the report made of the incident that the truck had destroyed a bedroom, a bathroom and had damaged water lines within the residence causing water to spray throughout the home. An estimated $60,000 of damage was done to the house, and the homeowners were told they could not stay at their home because the residence was unstable and unlivable.

Alverson and Haney will appear in Pope County Circuit Court on May 6.

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