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Blind elderly man apprehends suspect who crashed into his house

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By Keitha Nelson - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man charged with DWI plowed into a Baton Rouge family's house Friday night, then reportedly tried to run away.

Witnesses said  Billy Collins, the blind, elderly man who owns the house, grabbed the suspect until police arrived.

Ricky Collins hammered away Saturday morning, putting up plywood to cover a gaping hole. Collins looked on in disbelief. After more than 30 years of living on Conley Avenue, he said what happened Friday night is something he and his family could have never imagined.

"One minute everything is fine and the next minute boom," he said.

He said while his family was eating dinner, a car drove right into the house. His 15-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital for minor bruises.

Collins said he ran outside to find bricks scattered everywhere. He said the man inside of the car was not trying to take off.

"I'm thinking the guy's hurt, but he's trying to leave," he said.

Police say Burlin Harris was drunk when he made a sharp turn and drove into the house.

Now, the family is trying to pick up the pieces. Chunks of wall from both inside and outside of the house now line the living room floor. The foundation has even shifted.

Collins said he is pleased that no one was seriously hurt, but distraught over what happened to the house.

Collins said his father is on a fixed income right now. His main concern is getting the house fixed.

Burlin Harris is charged with DWI and reckless operation.

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