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Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Into Richmond Home

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RICHMOND (CBS SF) — A man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after crashing his SUV into a house in Richmond Monday morning, a police spokeswoman said.

The man was driving a Ford Explorer on Virginia Avenue near South 29th Street around 9:30 a.m. when he went off of the road, through a chain-link fence and into the front of a house, according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

Three people were inside the house but were not injured. The residents will likely be temporarily displaced from their home due to the
damage caused by the car, Abetkov said.

The American Red Cross was called to provide housing assistance.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was later arrested on suspicion of DUI, she said. His name was not immediately available.

In addition to allegedly driving drunk, the suspect was also believed to have been driving over the speed limit, Abetkov said.

The sergeant said a passenger inside the SUV fled the scene after the crash and has not been found.

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