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Jim and Ruth Metz were just finishing a remodeling project when another one practically fell into their lap.

John Taylor, Beaver Dam, says he was out taking a relaxing drive down Lakeshore Drive Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. when a squirrel darted across his path.

Being an animal lover, Taylor swerved sharply to the right to avoid the squirrel. His efforts saved the squirrel, but brought a quick end to the relaxing portion of his drive.

Taylor, 20, drove through a driveway, clipped a pine tree and continued until the 1998 Ford Escort crashed through the side wall of the Metz's garage at 1110 Lakeshore Drive. Shaken, Taylor managed to squeeze his way through his door, fortunate to have suffered only a few scrapes and cuts.

The same can't be said for the Metz's home.

Since they were remodeling other rooms in the home, many of the couple's belongings were temporarily being stored in the garage, where Taylor's car suddenly found itself wedged halfway through, taking out a central air conditioning unit in the process.

"It could have been worse, it could have been better," Ruth Metz said after a preliminary examination of the damage. "(Taylor's) lucky to be alive."

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Police arrived on scene and questioned Taylor, and conducted a field sobriety test, which Taylor passed.

"I've never even had a fender bender before," Taylor said, looking dazed. "It all just happened so fast."

According to Beaver Dam Police Department Deputy Chief Dan Schubert, Taylor has been cited with inattentive driving, operating a motor vehicle after revocation and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Clearly upset after the accident, Ruth Metz managed to keep her sense of humor. As a fourth filled dumpster sat in her driveway, symbolizing the recently completed work on her house, she could only shake her head at the large newly created hole in her garage.

And she had a word of advice for Taylor.

"Next time, kill the squirrel," Metz said.

(9) comments

Jean Sage

I suggest gathering more information prior to offering commentary on an unfortunate situation. This really doesn't seem to be a case of "kill or don't kill" a squirrel. The vehicle left the road (insert squirrel scenario) on one of my neighbors' property, drove across my ENTIRE yard (insert scuffing pine tree, leaving both side mirrors, tearing out landscape lighting, just missing corner of my brick home, driving across my drive) and plowing into my other neighbors' garage. No sign of breaking or steering action. Before you start criticizing a comment from someone whose property has just been damaged (no insurance on the vehicle, remember?) stop and think how you might feel. I feed squirrels, too, but you are missing the point. Evasive action was taken, supposedly for a squirrel. Evasive action wasn't taken after that. How fast must one be going, how distracted must one be, to not try to stop or steer? Thankfully, injuries were minor. Please slow down, stay off cell phones.

bill dwyer

Where to start? First: “try not to blame the driver”. Really? Even though he committed an act without regard for anyone’s safety except the squirrel? There ought to be charges filed against him for such a reckless act. Second: squirrels have souls? Been to church lately have you? Must be some church that declares animals to have souls. Third: “doing everything in his power to protect the life of this precious animal”. Even if it is in total disregard for any possible human causalities? I can’t help but wonder if the opinion would be the same if the author of that statement had a few loved ones (just to clarify; I’m speaking of human beings here) killed / injured because someone decided they were less valuable than a squirrel. Fourth: what frightens me most? Is people holding those views are eligible to vote.
I do not condone animal abuse, but given the choice between one squirrel or even losing any tire tread due to braking / swerving, there will be one flat squirrel. It’s called natural selection; the dumb don’t survive.

bill dwyer

Where to start? First: “try not to blame the driver”. Really? Even though he committed an act without regard for anyone’s safety except the squirrel? There ought to be charges filed against him for such a reckless act. Second: squirrels have souls? Been to church lately have you? Must be some church that declares animals to have souls. Third: “doing everything in his power to protect the life of this precious animal”. Even if it is in total disregard for any possible human causalities? I can’t help but wonder if the opinion would be the same if the author of that statement had a few loved ones (just to clarify; I’m speaking of human beings here) killed / injured because someone decided they were less valuable than a squirrel. Fourth: what frightens me most? Is people holding those views are eligible to vote.
I do not condone animal abuse, but given the choice between one squirrel or even losing any tire tread due to braking / swerving, there will be one flat squirrel. It’s called natural selection; the dumb don’t survive.

charles crochet

ieattofu,what have you been smoking? Must be good! Squirrels have souls??!! No squirrels are nothing more than vermin infested tree rats.Do you REALLY beleive that swerving into someones house is the correct way to handle a situation where an animal darts out in front of a motor vehicle ? Glad I dont have to get in a car with you! If vermin run out ahead of a car dont swerve you will endanger all in the area you need to go back to drivers education and then step into the REAL WORLD

charles crochet

Ieattofu,what are you smoking?must be good ,squirrels have souls?!!! sorry sister squirrels are vermin infested tree rats! if a rodent (or other critter smaller tham a moose ) runs out ahead of a car swerving to avoid it can and will cause property damage injury or worse do you REALLY think that it makes any sense at all to put people in danger to avoid vermin? you need to go back to drivers education and then step into the real world.

Charles Brey

Given the choice of hitting a house and putting people at risk or killing a squirrel...I would be found guilty of rodenticide. Like Ruth said, next time kill the squirrel.

Charles Brey

Given the choice of hitting a house and putting people at risk or killing a squirrel...I would be found guilty of rodenticide. Like Ruth said, next time kill the squirrel.

iEat Tofu

This is totally unexceptable. Squirrels have souls and do not deserve to be abused in this way. Your to cruel, Ruth. I applaud the driver for doing everything in his power to protect the life of this precious animal.

david chapman

Ruth you do not sound as if you are very friendly toward squirrels.my gal and i feed the squirrels in my back yard and love to watch them scamper about. please do not blame the squirrel. try not to blame the driver as he must also love squirrels.

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