1 detained after truck slams into parked car in Sun City

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SUN CITY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

One person was taken into custody after a wreck that sent a car careening into somebody’s front yard in Sun City, and "impairment is considered a factor."

It happened early Thursday morning in the area of 107th and Peoria avenues.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a pickup truck hit a parked car.

“I heard a loud, what sounded like an explosion,” said Darren Walther, who was inside his house watching TV at the time. 

[WATCH: Darren Walther's full interview]

Walter explained that he ran outside and “put together what had happened.”

“The initial kaboom was him hitting the car,” he said. “It going through the light pole made a second little impact sound.”

Video from the scene showed a car with massive damage to its back half and a red pickup truck in the street with damage to its front end.

Walther said the truck rolled after hitting the car.

According to Walther, the driver did not appear to be hurt and wanted to get out the truck right away.

“I figured either adrenalin or he’d probably been drinking.”

MCSO Sgt. Calbert Gillett confirmed that no injuries were reported.

Walther said he does not generally leave the car parked on the street.

“We always worried that somebody’s gonna clip into the car right here. That’s why none of us usually ever leave ‘em sitting on the street but I didn’t wanna move it such a short distance. … I left it sitting out there and it got wrecked.”

Walther said a woman who was following the driver, apparently a friend who was trying to make sure he got home safely, told him the man lives just a few blocks away.

“She was behind him the whole time, saw the entire thing happen,” Walther said. “He never hit his brakes. That’s why it looks so bad.”

Walther said the driver was “completely cooperative” with investigators and apologized to him and explained that he fell asleep at the wheel.

“He was really good about the whole thing,” he said. “He knows he screwed up really bad. It’s one of those life lessons you gotta learn. You just wish when people drink that they learn ‘em before they get into a vehicle ….”

Walther said the woman told him the driver "had been out drinking earlier."

While Walther said he saw deputies administer a breathalyzer test and then take the driver away in a patrol vehicle, MCSO has not released any information.

"This incident is still under investigation and impairment is considered a factor in this accident," Gillett said.

At this point, the driver has not been officially arrested.

The westbound lanes of Peoria Avenue are closed at 107th Avenue.

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