An intoxicated driver collided with a fire hydrant and light pole before rolling into an unoccupied home on Hawkeye Avenue and fleeing from the scene Saturday evening.
Nicholas Steeley, 20, was arrested for drunk driving and hit and run.
At approximately 5:24 p.m., Steeley wrecked his Infiniti QX4 into a fire hydrant and light pole on the corner of Hawkeye Avenue and Palmer Drive, before crashing into a residence on the 1800 block of Hawkeye Avenue.
The vehicle also careened through a neighbor’s fence and side yard patio area, glanced off a redwood tree, and collided into the side of the home. The vehicle was on its side and about halfway in the home, according to the Turlock Fire Department.
Excessive speed was determined a large factor in the accident, according to the Turlock Fire Department.
Steeley fled the scene of the accident, but witnesses were able to give officers a description of the suspect and the direction he fled, said Turlock police spokesperson Sgt. Stephen Webb. Steeley was located and arrested on Johnson Road.
The collision briefly caused some power outages in the area, as the vehicle collided with the electrical unit of the home and power had to be cut. Turlock Fire Battalion Chief Bill Becker added that the vehicle luckily missed the gas unit, which would have created many more problems.
The Turlock Fire Department estimated the damage at $50,000, not including the cost of the vehicle, which was mangled due to the accident.
There were no injuries in the collision.
This was the fourth accident of the week, and second of the day, where fire hydrants had been destroyed in a collision.