A family escaped injury Wednesday night when a sports utility vehicle came crashing into their living room.
The crash into the residence on Fernwood Avenue was the fourth collision the driver had been involved in within just a few minutes time, according to the Turlock Police Department. The suspect, identified as Sergio Cardenas, 46, of Turlock was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run.
The collision at the home in the 1600 block of Fernwood Avenue was initially reported to the Turlock Police Department as a possible explosion.
Cardenas trip began around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when he left his Turlock residence in a “heavily intoxicated” state, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
The investigating officers later learned he drove into oncoming traffic, causing some vehicles to swerve out of his path to avoid being struck.
While on E. Linwood Avenue, Cardenas drove up over a curb and across several front lawns before colliding with a cable box in the area. The collision didn’t stop Cardenas, as he proceeded to hit two parked vehicles.
Cardenas was reportedly trying to leave that accident site when he placed the SUV in reverse and struck a third parked car that was parked in the driveway of the home in the 1600 block of Fernwood Avenue, Lewis said.
The SUV remained in motion and Cardenas didn’t hit the brakes until after the vehicle had crashed through the garage and into the living room of the home.
Officers found Cardenas at the scene and transported him to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries that he had sustained in the collisions. After he was treated, Cardenas was booked into jail.
The residents escaped injury from the collision, but the house did sustain significant damage.