DUI Crash Into Home Felt Like "Massive Earthquake" - NBC Southern California

DUI Crash Into Home Felt Like "Massive Earthquake"

"I thought we were having a massive earthquake," homeowner said.



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    A suspected DUI driver crashes a car into a house in Costa Mesa just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

    What felt like a "massive earthquake" was actually the impact of a car crashing through the wall of an Orange County home early Wednesday morning just a few feet from a startled family member.  

    The driver, a man in his 20's, was arrrested for suspicion of DUI, according to Costa Mesa Police.

    "Our room was just filled with dust and debris, and I thought we were having a massive earthquake and the house was falling apart," homeowner Don Vander Wal said.

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    A homeowner describes the terrifying moments after a car crashed through an Orange County home and startled family members. Reggie Kumar reports for Today in LA on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014.
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    The homeowner said he didn't realize a car was involved until neighbors knocked on his door and he walked outside. The car crashed into the side of a house located at 1630 Myrtlewood Street in Costa Mesa at 1:48 a.m, police said.

    The couple and two young kids were inside the home at the time of the crash. The mother suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital. She returned home from the hospital just after 4:30 a.m.

    "She had some scratches on her face, she had some scratches on her eyes, so it was more a precaution if anything," Vander Wal said.

    The Vander Wal's have a 3-year-old and 7-year-old son who were also home at the time of the incident.

    "If the guy was a few feet the other direction he probably would have killed my son," Vander Wal said. 

    Neighbors made the suspect sit on the curb until police arrived, according to Vander Wal.

    "We're okay, a little shooken up, but we're okay. Thank God everybody is all right," Vander Wal said.

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