Hyalite Fire Department Truck v. House

Hyalite Fire Department shared this photo Wednesday morning in a Facebook post about a truck crashing into a home on Rowland Road. 

A Bozeman man is accused of drunk driving after he smashed his truck into a neighbor’s home on the city’s west side Tuesday night, shearing off a natural gas meter and causing a leak.

Jon Mark Koessl, 51, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. He is required to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court before Nov. 29 to answer to the charge.

Around 6:30 p.m., several agencies responded to a report of a car hitting a home on Rowland Road in the Falcon Hollow Subdivision, according the Gallatin County Sheriff’s call logs. Koessl’s truck crashed through a fence and smashed into the garage of a two-story home, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Blaine Heavner.

No one was injured in the incident.

Heavner said Koessl lives a few houses down from where the incident happened. He said Koessl drove to his house after the incident, walked back to the crash and was compliant with law enforcement.

Heavner said he smelled alcohol on Koessl’s breath and that a sobriety test indicated that Koessl was impaired. Koessl refused breath and blood tests.

Heavner said a married couple was evacuated from the house Koessl crashed into because of the gas leak.

The collision caused significant damage to the garage and a car inside the garage, according to a Hyalite Fire Department Facebook post. A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy quickly shut off the leaking gas line.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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