FDL Man Charged For Hitting House

The 51-year-old Fond du Lac man who hit a house near the downtown with his car Tuesday night is facing drunken driving charges. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says a police officer was parked on the Westside of the police station near Macy and Rees when the officer heard the sound of car operating at a high speed and squealing its tires. The car then stopped at a stop sign at Macy and Rees before squealing its tires and continuing to head south on Macy. Klein says the man took a left when he got to Macy and Merrill heading the wrong way on Merrill. The vehicle crossed Main Street and hit an island barrier at Merrill and Marr in the area of St. Mary’s School. He says at that point the man’s car went airborne. It struck the front porch and concrete steps of a multi-family building at 70 East Merrill Avenue. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Agnes Hospital for treatment. Klein says the man; James Mathieu is facing drunken driving charges. In addition to his fourth drunken driving offense, Mathieu was charged yesterday with reckless driving endangering safety and a charge has been filed for failing to take a test for intoxication after arrest. Bond was set at $750 cash.