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Cottage Grove Man Arrested After Driving SUV Through House

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A 37-year-old man is in jail on suspicion of drunk driving and domestic assault after driving an SUV through a house in Cottage Grove early Wednesday morning following a domestic dispute, according to police.

Cottage Grove Police were called at about 2:19 a.m. to the 8100 block of Ideal on a report of an SUV that went through a house. When officers arrived, the vehicle had crashed through the garage, went through a family room and out the back of the house after smashing through a sliding glass door.

The driver then crashed through a fence and drove back into the garage before fleeing the scene, police said. The suspect was located a short time later hiding under a vehicle and was taken into custody.

Cottage Grove SUV Into House
(credit: Cottage Grove Police Department)
Cottage Grove SUV Into House
(credit: Cottage Grove Police Department)

Police later identified the suspect as 37-year-old Michael Aaby of Cottage Grove.

Police said Aaby was arrested for DWI and other offenses, including domestic assault. After an investigation, officers determined the man had been involved in a domestic incident with his wife before intentionally driving the SUV through his rented house.

Aaby is now at Washington County Jail awaiting criminal charges.

Due to structural damage, a condemnation notice has been placed at the home by the City's Chief Building Official.

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