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CdA Priest Escapes Injury When Pickup Hits House

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In September 1986, Bill Wassmuth (above) was sitting in the living room when a bomb exploded near the back step of the same parish house. Aryans had placed the bomb.

A Catholic priest narrowly escaped serious injury when a pickup hit his Coeur d’Alene home early this morning, throwing him across the room. Father Roger LaChance, the pastor at St. Pius X Catholic Church, was sitting in a chair in his front room when the truck slammed into the home at Haycraft Avenue and Sixth Street about 12:30 a.m., said Coeur d’Alene Police Lt. Dan Dixon. “Had the porch not taken the brunt of the impact, he would have been more seriously injured,” Dixon said. The driver of the pickup and his passenger were unconscious when police arrived. Both were taken to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment. Dixon said the driver will be charged with DUI.

Gary Ingram: I live down the street. 12:30 am. Loud, very loud explosive like noise and the lights and cable shut down. Up the street this out of control vehicle careens into the utility pole on the corner knocking it into the overhead cable and electrical feed. The truck? crashes into the yard and house of Father LaChance, the pastor of St. Pius, right through the window and wall by the front door, totally destroying the front. Pastor Rogers missed by inches. Across the street lives a CDA Blue K-9 officer so the arrest is made quickly. Power back at 5:30 am and cable by 10:00. All three TV news trucks doing an on site newscast when I went by at 8:00.

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