BURLINGTON — A 37-year-old Burlington man is free on bond after crashing into his house on Saturday afternoon.

Carroll County sheriff Cpl. Tobe Leazenby responded to a 911 call from a woman at 575 E. 7th St., reporting that her husband had just rammed his 2000 Dodge Durango into their front porch, then fled toward Logansport.

Leazenby reported that William Joseph Conrad, 37, was upset over a recent separation from his wife. He reported that he was told that as Mrs. Conrad, family and other friends were moving her from the residence, Conrad drove up a hill on the front lawn and into the open front porch, narrowly missing a 14-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl who were standing on the porch.

Carroll County authorities found Conrad in Logansport through cellular telephone contact with his wife. With assistance from Logansport Patrolman Rick Bernhardt, Conrad was found at a relative’s in the 400 block of Shultz Street.

He was taken into custody by Bernhardt and taken to the Cass County Jail. He was later picked up and taken to the Carroll County Jail, where he was held on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a vehicle and criminal mischief.

Conrad posted a $7,000 bond Saturday evening and is awaiting an initial hearing in Carroll Superior Court.

Carroll County authorities do not think alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Deputies also had responded to the Conrad residence the previous day on a report of a verbal confrontation involving the Conrads.

The investigation continues.

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