Vehicle veers into a residence on South Main Street after another vehicle runs a stop sign

Two cars collided about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Main and Washington Street, and one of the vehicles then careened into a residence.

Police say a vehicle traveling east on Washington Street failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a vehicle going north on Main Street.

Police-CarThe second vehicle veered to the right and went into a residence, said officer Curtis Garrett, public information officer for the Paris Police Department.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. Both were later released, but the driver that failed to stop for the stop sign was then arrested for driving while intoxicated.

No one in the residence was injured, Garrett said.

Police responded to 72 calls for service on Wednesday, and 13 people were arrested, Garrett said, including one for burglary of a residence. In all, he said, there were seven burglary reports during the day – three residence, one business, and three automobile.

Christopher Blaine Stafford, 20, of 1841 E. Cherry was arrested in connection with a burglary of a home nearby. Police had received a call complaining that someone had taken his television and PlayStation III.

A neighbor reported observing Stafford go into the residence and exit with the property. The investigating officer confronted Stafford and recovered the property, and Stafford was arrested for burglary of a residence, Garrett said.

A person living in the 500 block of Southeast 33rd Street complained of being burglarized twice in the same day. A woman said after reporting the first burglary, she re straightened everything up and left. Nine hours later, she said, she returned home and found someone had come inside and thrown things onto the living room floor. Both reports are under investigation.

A woman told police that a man attempted to rob her on Monday in the 1200 block of Lamar Avenue. She said the man entered her vehicle and asked her for a light for his cigarette. He then struck her in the face and attempted to take her wallet, she said. The man left on foot after a brief struggle, she told police.

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.