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UPDATED: Vehicle Hits Bloomington Bagel Company- Two Arrested
Updated October 30, 2015 8:19 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(BLOOMINGTON) - A Bloomington mother who police say crashed a station wagon into the front of the Bloomington Bagel Co. Wednesday night was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to a Bloomington Police report, Bloomington firefighters and police were called to the Bagel Co. at 113 North Dunn St. just before 9 p.m.

Police say Kristina Mae Houston's four children were not properly restrained in car seats or booster seats when she struck the storefront.

Houston and all of her children were taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

A 6-year-old girl suffered a cut lip. Houston and two boys, ages 2 and 4, and a 6-month-old baby were not injured.

Officials believe Houston mistook the gas pedal for the brake.

Witnesses say Houston pull at her daughter's sleeve in an attempt to leave with the rest of the family down an alley before police arrived. Her husband, Douglas Michael Houston, her husband, was also at the scene and told police he had not been in the vehicle.

Police found a green smoking device that smelled like Spice, a synthetic marijuana, under the driver's seat of the station wagon, Qualters said.

24-year-old Kristina Houston was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of paraphernalia. She also received traffic citations for not having the children restrained in their car seats or booster seats and operating a vehicle without insurance.

24-year-old Douglas Houston was arrested hours later on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, theft, criminal mischief, possession of a synthetic drug and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Bloomington police responded to a report of a man breaking the window of a pickup truck in the 400 block of East 17th Street at 12:09 a.m. After a foot chase, police say, they caught Douglas Houston, and found him in possession of four plastic baggies of Spice and a book bag full of items, including a Macy's credit card, an Indiana University sweatshirt, a black hat and a laptop with a gingerbread man sticker.

He told police he broke the window on the truck, and said he found the items in the trash.

The exterior wall of the bagel restaurant was damaged below one window on the alley side of the building. Once the car was removed from the restaurant, a hole, approximately 6 feet wide and 2 feet tall, was left. There was significant damage to front bumper and hood of the vehicle.

An employee at the Bagel Co. told police he had been outside smoking when he heard a vehicle accelerating and looked up to see the car in the ally across from Dunn Street heading straight for him. The man told police the vehicle just missed hitting him by a couple of feet before it crashed into the corner of the building.

Police say the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The Bagel Co. was closed at the time of the accident so no employees or customers were injured.

The employee and others in the area helped the mother and children until police arrived.

Sue Aquila, the owner of the Bagel Co., says they will be open this morning.

Sgt. Cody Forston of the Bloomington Police Department said the cause of the accident is under investigation.



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