A northwest side home that was damaged by an out-of-control pickup early Friday has been hit several times in the past, neighbors said.
The latest incident happened after 12:30 a.m. Friday when a pickup jumped a curb, sideswiped an SUV in the driveway, then slammed into the front of the home in the 1300 block of Agarita Avenue.
“I slept through it, but I heard some ruckus,” said Chris Telford, who lives in an apartment attached to the home that was hit. “My roommate went out and looked at it.”
After daybreak, Telford also stepped outside to view the damage.
He saw potted plants, overturned and broken, on his neighbor’s doorstep, splintered wood on the door frame; and a black streak and dents covering the driver’s side of a Ford Expedition.
All of this was the result of the overnight crash, he said.
Officers at the scene said a deputy constable had attempted to stop the driver on Interstate 10 near Vance Jackson, but he kept going.
When the deputy constable caught up to him, the driver had crashed into the home, on the access road just a few yards from the Woodlawn Avenue off-ramp.
Telford said the home has been the site of several crashes before.
“There’s a tree over there with a huge scar, where cars have hit it,” he said. "I believe it's due mostly to people speeding, coming off that ramp really fast.”
"We need a fence, or maybe a barrier alongside the highway would be good,” Telford said.
In this latest incident, investigators said the driver was speeding and drunk.
He was arrested on several charges, including driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.
Investigators said no one inside the home was hurt.
The pickup driver, however, did require medical attention at the scene.