Driver who fled scene after crashing into San Jose townhouse found and arrested for DUI, police say

9 people have been displaced after an 18-year-old driver plows car into another vehicle, then into townhouse

ByLena Howland KGO logo
Friday, September 23, 2022
DUI driver arrested after car plows into San Jose townhouse: police
Nine people have been displaced after an 18-year-old man plows a car into another vehicle, then into a townhouse in San Jose, police say.

SAN JOSE, Calif (KGO) -- San Jose police and fire department are investigating a crash early Thursday morning after a car hit another vehicle then crashes into a townhouse.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. on Crabapple Way after a car drove through the intersection near Senter Rd. and Sylvandale Ave. before slamming in the building.

Nine people have been displaced and two townhouse units are red tagged due the damage.

"I was sleeping in my bedroom and then I heard the noise, I heard the boom, I thought that the car hit my house and I come out, I saw the whole cabinets and then my kitchen broke loose," said resident Ran Meas.

The accident also caused a loose tire to hit an apartment unit on Senter Rd. causing the glass windows to break and cabinets inside the townhouse to fall off its foundation.

But police say when they came across the car, no one was in it.

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"People had provided, callers had provided a description of some of the occupants, obviously at that time of the morning, in a residential area, there's not a lot of people out walking around," Sgt. Christian Camarillo, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department said. "Other officers eventually found the occupants of the car, including a person who identified himself as the driver."

Sgt. Camarillo says the driver was an 18-year-old male and he had two juveniles in the car with him at the time of the crash. He's facing charges of driving under the influence.

"What they were doing out at 1:45 a.m. on a school night, I don't know," he said.

The Red Cross is at the scene to assist the residents.

By 6:15 a.m., ABC7's Lena Howland said officials have boarded up the building.

There are no reports of any injuries from the residents or occupants of the car, authorities say.

The crash is still under investigation.

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