JOPLIN --- Police received a call early this afternoon about a car striking a duplex located at 36th and Ferguson. The driver reportedly hit the home and kept driving. Police are not saying if there was damage to the structure. Around 4 p.m., Missouri Highway Patrol and JPD responded to what they believe is a related wreck on 44th and Illinois, where the car had been driven into a ditch. Police say they suspect the driver is the same person who hit the house earlier today.
The person behind the wheel was transported to Freeman West Hospital following the incident. Law enforcement officials have not determined if drugs or alcohol were involved, but will continue to investigate.