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Out-of-control pickup takes down fence, power lines

SAPD: Driver admitted to drinking


SAN ANTONIO – Police said a driver whose pickup hit a utility pole, knocking down power lines, then plowed into the fence of a home on the West Side Friday morning could be facing charges related to drunken driving.

San Antonio police officers at the scene, in the 1900 block of Guadalupe Street, said they planned to have a blood draw conducted on the woman after she reportedly admitted that she had been drinking since 6 p.m. Thursday.

Zoila Freire was inside her home nearby when the white Chevy Avalanche crashed into a neighbor's front yard around 8:30 a.m.

"I just heard the bang and since it sounded real close, I came out and saw another girl stop traffic," she said. "So I was, like, 'What's going on?'"

Freire said she was surprised to see the destruction, along with all the fire engines and police cars, just down the street from her home.

She said she ran over and tried to help the driver who seemed disoriented.

"She was still in there and I opened the back door and I was, like, 'Are you OK?' And she said, 'Yes. I'm OK,'" Freire said.

Although the woman who was behind the wheel did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries, police said she was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

No one was inside the home when the truck plowed into the fence.

Police suspect the driver's path of destruction did not begin at that location.

They said, just prior to the crash, they had received another call and were en route to an area of Castroville Road where someone reported that a white Chevy Avalanche had run a red light and nearly caused a crash.

Police said they believe the same woman was involved in both incidents.


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