Suspected drunk driver demolishes Peoria home's garage

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A suspected drunk driver crashed into a Peoria house on Thursday. (Source: Peoria Police Dept.) A suspected drunk driver crashed into a Peoria house on Thursday. (Source: Peoria Police Dept.)
The pickup truck came close to hitting another house. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The pickup truck came close to hitting another house. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The truck driver was arrested. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The truck driver was arrested. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
No one was hurt. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) No one was hurt. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A suspected drunk driver crashed into a home in Peoria, causing a lot of damage on Thursday evening.

Peoria police say around 4:45 p.m., the driver of a red pickup lost control and slammed into a home near 83rd Avenue and Sweetwater Avenue, which is just south of Thunderbird Road, crashing into the garage, taking out the door and a wall.

"We actually felt a 'boom' and I thought it was a bomb," said neighbor Sam Chidiac, who heard the impact.

The truck came to rest just feet from his living room wall.

“So I went straight to him and I asked him, 'Are you OK?'" Chidiac said.

The driver, a 37-year-old man, is now under arrest, suspected of driving drunk.

"Obviously, with impairment, your reaction times are extremely slowed down so that's why there's so much damage," said Ofc. Brandon Scheffert with the Peoria Police Department.

No one was injured. 

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