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Driver in house explosion was drunk, police say

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PRESCOTT --- Prescott police have been trying to figure out what caused Lisa Villigan to drive into the house of Randy and Sue Hendrickson on Feb. 17.

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They may have gotten a reason why last week.

Prescott Acting Police Chief Mike Bondarenko stated in an e-mail to KMSP-TV in St. Paul that preliminary toxicology results showed Villigan's blood-alcohol level was at .294 percent, compared to the legal limit of .08 percent. A final toxicology report, not yet received, would show the presence of any drugs or not.

Villigan initially survived driving into the house, but died when she tried backing her vehicle out, triggering a natural gas explosion. She was 39.

Prescott Police Officer Ben Henrich was checking on Villigan's status when the explosion occurred. He was thrown approximately 15-20 feet in the air due to the blast. He suffered burns, cuts and bruises, and whiplash. Villigan's vehicle and the home were destroyed due to the explosion and resulting fire.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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