Drunk driver crashes in backyard swimming pool of unlucky home

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 25 at 5:33 PM

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PHOENIX – A pickup truck landed upside down in the backyard swimming pool of a Phoenix home early Friday morning. This is the third time such an accident has happened at the home at the intersection of Tatum Boulevard and Dixileta Drive.

It was shortly after 1:30 a.m. when the driver of the pickup missed the turn, plowed right through a cinder block wall and into the home’s backyard, which is located where Dixileta Drive dead-ends at Tatum Boulevard.

James Feely, the resident, said he and his wife were showered with glass and bricks that flew through their bedroom window. Feely said he then saw a hand and heard a groan.

“I’m surprised [the driver] is alive,” Feely said. “My reaction was, ‘Nobody lived through that. ’ About three-quarters of the cab of the truck was under water.”

The driver, a 32-year-old man, managed to get himself out of the partially submerged vehicle. He told emergency crews that he had a passenger with him when he crashed. Emergency crews drained the pool, but they did not find anybody else.

Police said the driver, whose name has not been released, was drunk at the time of the crash. Investigators also discovered that he was wanted for questioning in connection with a domestic violence/arson investigation in Scottsdale. No information about that case was immediately available.

The man was taken  to the hospital where doctors treated him for a minor injury. He was then handed over to detectives with the Scottsdale Police Department.

A heavy-equipment tow truck with a boom was brought in to haul the truck out of the pool and over the wall.

Authorities said had the truck not gone into the pool, it probably would have crashed into the Feelys' bedroom.

Feely said Friday morning's wreck was not an isolated incident. There was a similar crash involving another pickup truck in 2007. In 2009, a motorcyclist was killed when he hit the block wall.

Southbound Tatum Boulevard where it meets Dixileta Drive was closed while crews worked to move the truck. That roadway has since reopened.

Neither Feely nor his wife was hurt.

It's not yet known what charges the driver might  face.

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