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Apr 28, 2014 6:20 PM by Akeam Ashford

Lafayette Organization Rebuilding After Early Morning Crash

Lafayette Habitat for Humanity is usually helping others build, but today it is asking for help after an early morning crash.

According to police, 25-year-old Miles Guidry is under arrest, facing aggravated flight, illegal discharge of a firearm, and second-offense OWI (operating while intoxicated).

Authorities said it all started on Taft Street around 1 a.m. when Guidry allegedly fired a pistol into the air then sped off.

After a short chase, officers said Guidry crashed his car into the Habitat for Humanity office building on the corner of Johnston and Stewart streets.

The organization has rented the building from the First United Methodist Church since 1994, Habitat Executive Director Melinda Taylor said. She said the church will be responsible for fixing the damage.

"We've had accidents on the corner, but a car has never jumped the curb like this," Taylor said. "We've actually joked about it, because we have staff meetings and a table that's about five feet from Johnston street."

Taylor was out of town when she got the news. Her biggest concern was the sensitive client information inside the building.

"We immediately had a security guard on scene as soon as the building was compromised," Taylor said. "The building is safe to be in. We just don't have power yet."

Habitat workers are currently building three houses in Lafayette, but Taylor said this accident won't affect construction on those projects.

Habitat is accepting donations for repairs. For more information, call



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