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A Lake Orion police officer took out part of a front porch early Saturday when his patrol car slammed into a home, police said.

According to a release from the Lake Orion Police Department, the incident occurred around 4:10 a.m. when the 12-year veteran was on duty when he lost control of his squad car and struck the northeast corner of the intersection of East Flint and Washington Street.

After the incident the officer spoke with the homeowners who were asleep and awakened by the crash into their home. Noone was injured in the home, said police.

The officer involved in the crash sustained minor injuries and was cleared and released following a medical evaluation, police said.

Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh said Saturday afternoon that “alcohol is not a factor”. Narsh said the investigation will include a probe into a possible factors but alcohol did not play a role. He said the officer had an “unfortunate” incident where he fell asleep.

Narsh said the officer is an “absolutely stellar and hard working officer who is dedicated to the community”

“He feels absolutely heart sick about it,” said Narsh.

A preliminary investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department which responds to the scenes of officer-involved crashes in Lake Orion, indicates the officer “momentarily” fell asleep behind the wheel. The incident remains under investigation by the Lake Orion Police Department as well.

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