DUI Crash Hurls Car Wheel, Debris Into Bedroom of Home

Neighbors say they heard what sounded like a speeding car before the rollover crash on Lambert Road

Car parts and other debris ended up inside a home overnight when a driver crashed in East Whittier, infuriating a homeowner who said a tire landed in her daughter's bedroom.

Neighbors said the car, a 2017 Ford Focus, sounded like it was speeding on Lambert Road before the crash, which left a hole in the side of the house. The driver was hospitalized. Details regarding injuries were not immediately available.

"This street is like a freeway, nobody cares," said homeowner Carol Jaramillo.

The car struck power and light poles before landing on its side near a block wall. Neighbor David Falcon said the burning engine appeared to have been thrown from the car. It landed on the Jaramillos' front lawn. 

"Oh my goodness, what a mess on the street," said neighbor Juan Garcia. "This car that had been traveling at an extremely high rate of speed hit a telephone pole over into the side. And, then the signal." 

At the Jaramillos' residence, the family's gate, boat and Hummer, which was parked outside, were damaged. Carol Jaramillo said her adult daughter was sleeping in her bedroom with three of her girls, ages 18, 16 and 12, when calamity struck. 

"They were scared," Carol Jaramillo said. "They got frightened, of course."

The driver, identified as 21-year-old Aaron Flores, of La Habra, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the California Highway Patrol. He suffered cuts to his head, arms and legs. 

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