Suspected drunk driver slams car into child's bedroom

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by Catherine Holland

Video reports by Jill Galus

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:19 PM

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PHOENIX -- A suspected drunk driver is behind bars after crashing his car into a Phoenix home, plowing into a bedroom where a young girl was sleeping.

It happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of 69th Avenue and Indian School Road.

Police said they received a 911 call about an erratic driver in the neighborhood just minutes before the crash.

That driver has been identifed as Daniel Sanchez Patino, 26.

Video from the scene Monday morning showed obvious tire tracks in the dirt yard in front of the house. Those tracks led from the sidewalk to the wall of the house, ending in a pile of rubble where a large piece of cardboard now covers the hole made by the car.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw that a black BMW had jumped a fence and slammed into the house, crashing through the wall and into a girl's bedroom.

According to the homeowner, her 12-year-old daughter, Esa-Bella, was asleep in that room at the time of the crash and is lucky to be alive. She said if the car had hit just six inches to the left, her child might have been killed.

"It sounded like a big boom," Terri Guiboa told 3TV's Jill Galus. "At first we thought it was a crash out in the neighborhood and then we realized it was our house."

Guiboa said she and her wife immediately ran to their daughter's room.

"We had to push the door, shove it to get the debris out of the way to get to her," Guiboa explained.

"I was just glad to be alive," Esa-Bella said as she snuggled her puppy. "If it was just a couple inches over, I would have been injured."

While her wife stayed with their daughter, Guiboa said she went outside and chased the suspect.

Patino was taken into custody and now faces a variety of charges, including DUI, criminal damage and endangerment.

Guiboa is just relieved that her daughter was not injured.

"It could have a whole lot worse," she said. "There truly is a God in this situation."

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