The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are approximately 200 to 250 incidents of vehicles crashing into homes and businesses every year. About 16,000 people are injured in those accidents annually. Of these, an estimated 2,500 people lose their lives. Many vehicle and building crashes involve a driver who is intoxicated by drugs, alcohol, or sometimes both.
CBS Los Angeles reports that no one was injured when a motorist crashed his car into a solid concrete wall on Tuesday night in Pomona and stopped just shy of hitting a home.
Authorities say the incident happened just before midnight in the 600 block of Gleneagles Avenue near the intersection of Gleneagles and Orange Grove when a red Toyota Prius crashed into a concrete retaining wall and ended up in the backyard of a home. Luckily, the car stopped just 10 feet away from a bedroom at the rear of the house where the residents were inside sleeping.
The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Departments responded to the crash. The Prius suffered heavy front-end damage; however, the occupants of the home and the driver were uninjured in the crash.
After noting that the driver was struggling to keep his balance, police officers had the driver perform several field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was arrested at the scene and taken into custody.
Officials had not released the driver’s identity at the time of the report.