The driver of a car that crashed into a Lexington apartment building after running off Yellowstone Parkway on Thursday morning has been charged with driving under the influence, authorities said.
Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Geoffrey A. Lodge was under the influence of narcotics when his gray Honda crashed into a building at Mount Tabor Apartments about 10 a.m. Police said Lodge, 33, might have been experiencing an overdose at the time of the crash, Roberts said.
Lodge was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He was discharged Thursday afternoon.
No one was injured inside the apartment building, according to officials at the scene.
Police reports said Lodge was traveling south on Yellowstone, crossing Alumni Drive, when he lost control of the Honda, which clipped a black pickup truck and ran off the road. The driver of the pickup wasn't seriously hurt.
Lodge might have been preparing to turn left onto Alumni Drive toward Man o' War Boulevard, police investigators said.
After leaving the pavement, the Honda crossed the sidewalk, careened over a grassy strip and across a corner of a parking lot before crashing into the apartment building. The impact ripped a chunk out of a corner of the brick building. Residents reported hearing a crash like a wrecking ball hitting the building.
Fire department Maj. Daniel Bellot said no one was home in the ground-floor apartment. The apartment just above it was occupied, Bellot said.
Workers used cables and a fire truck to winch the car out of the building, leaving a gaping hole where the car had struck. Firefighters also were busy Thursday morning shoveling broken drywall and other debris out of the ground-floor apartment. Bellot said firefighters would shore up the broken wall to make sure it is safe.
Engineers will inspect the apartment building before occupants can move back in; the apartments that were affected will probably not be available for occupancy for several days, Bellot said.