18-year-old driver who plowed into apartment building cited for DUI

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A young woman was cited for driving under the influence after plowing her vehicle into an apartment complex, stopping just short of a 72-year-old resident who was asleep in her home.

It happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Sterling Apartments in the area of 28th Drive and Cactus, just west of Interstate 17.

Police believe the driver, an 18-year-old female whose name has not been released, lost control of her car while turning a corner.

Video from the scene showed the car wedged under the staircase. Half of the car appeared to be inside one of the apartments.

“It hit with a loud thud,” Mike Carrasco, one of the residents, said. “We were sitting on the couch and couches shook. Pictures fell off the wall and everything.”

The woman who lives in the apartment that was hit was not hurt although she was showered with debris when the car, which stopped less than 2 feet away from her, shattered the wall.

“[She was] very lucky, feet away from near death,” her neighbor said.

There was concern about the structural stability of the building because the car knocked out a support beam. The fear was that removing the car might cause the balcony to collapse.

Crews were able to safely dislodge the vehicle and have boarded up the damaged apartment.

The Red Cross assisted the resident, who lived alone with her cat, with her immediate needs. Apartment managers are working on moving her to a different unit.

The driver was cited for DUI and released, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

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