A suspected drunk driver lost control of his car early Sunday, slamming into a newly purchased Hayward home that may now have to be red-tagged, authorities said.
The incident took place shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the 700 block of West Tennyson.
“One of our officers was responding to another call,” said Hayward Police Lt. Jeff Lutzinger. “He was driving down Tennyson when he saw a group of citizens standing in the street. He stopped to talk with them. They pointed to the house and said a car had just crashed into it.”
Hayward police said the car was going too fast, clipped a curb and went airborne. It slammed through the wall and came to rest in the living room.
Neighbor Keith Stirling said he could not believe how far the car had careened into the house.
“I was lying in bed and I heard what sounded almost like an explosion,” he said. “I came over and looked… The car was so far into the house. I couldn’t believe it. “
The officer saw the suspected drunk driver running out of the house and took him into custody. He was not injured in the crash.
Lutzinger said a city building inspector was requested and that the damage to the home was so extensive it would likely be red-tagged and the owners prevented from moving in.
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