User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


59° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Man Faces Charges After SUV vs. House Crash

July 30, 2014, 5:05 PM by Brady Mallory

Man Faces Charges After SUV vs. House Crash
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A 77-year-old Sioux Falls woman is out of her home after an SUV crashed into her living room just feet from where she was sleeping. Police arrested Shawn Essem, 31, at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Authorities suspect he crashed his GMC Yukon into a duplex on South Terry Avenue eight hours earlier. He faces charges for hit and run and reckless driving. 

Police say Essem backed out of a nearby parking lot onto South Terry Avenue. As he was going forward, he lost control and crashed into the home. 

"I was sleeping, and I heard what appeared to be a big bang," Jackie Conley said.  Conley lives next door to where the crash happened.

Conley soon noticed fire trucks, police cars, and an ambulance outside.

"And then my neighbor from next door came up and knocked on my door and she said someone had driven into her place," Conley said.

So far, authorities estimate this damage will cost about $15,000 to fix. Police said the woman was not hurt, but could have been because her bedroom is near the living the room.

"(She was) In shock, as anybody would be if someone drove through your house," Conley said.

Though the suspect, believed to be Essem, drove away -- witnesses gave authorities the number of a license plate.  Investigators traced it back to Essem's apartment.

"They went to his apartment complex. He wouldn't come to the door. He did answer the phone and had a conversation with officers on the phone, but he would not talk to them face to face," Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Department Public Information Officer, said.

Though Clemens said alcohol may have been a factor in this crash, Essem does not face a drunk driving charge. Due to the fact authorities arrested him hours afterward; they do not have enough evidence to prove he was under the influence at the time of the crash. As for the woman who lives in the home, the Red Cross has stepped in to give her a place to stay.

"I was pretty amazed at how quick the response was and how ready everyone was to make sure she was ok," Conley said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

View news

You may also like

Four Arrested In Church Vandalism

5/18/2015 1:47 PM

Three Sioux Falls residents face charges after allegedly breaking into a west central Minnesota church.

Full Story
Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
One Killed, Five Hurt In Crash Near Bowdle

5/18/2015 2:07 PM

A Colton man is dead and five other people are hurt following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 near Bowdle on Sunday.

Full Story
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story


Events