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Car careens into Turlock home

POSTED August 12, 2014 10:17 p.m.

A Turlock man is facing criminal charges after crashing his car into a home and causing more than $50,000 in damage.

Despite running into several objects, including a tree, and crashing his car into the home, the driver, identified as 20-year-old Nicholas Steeley, was uninjured in the Saturday crash.

The collision was reported shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of E. Hawkeye Avenue. According to the Turlock Police Department, Steeley was driving at a high rate of speed, when he crashed into a fire hydrant and a street light pole near the intersection of Hawkeye Avenue and Palmer Drive.

The sport utility vehicle proceeded to crash through a neighboring fence and a backyard patio area, before careening off a redwood tree and into a home.

The vehicle ended up on its side and about halfway into the home, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

No one was in the home at the time of the collision and no injuries were reported.

Steeley didn’t just walk away from the collision — he ran. He was spotted a short distance away on Johnson Avenue and taken into custody.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and hit and run.

The fire department estimated the damage to the two properties at more than $50,000, which does not include Steeley’s vehicle.

A total of seven personnel from the fire department responded to the collision and remained on scene for about two hours and 45 minutes.

The fire department reported they have seen multiple collisions lately involving fire hydrants and reported they work with crews from the water department to minimize wasted water.

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