Driver slams car into hydrant, hits Turlock home, walks away

08/09/2014 8:00 PM

08/10/2014 7:41 AM

A driver heading east on Hawkeye Avenue at an estimated 100 mph went through a stop sign at Berkeley Avenue and lost control of his car, breaking a light pole, shearing off a fire hydrant and slamming into a home Saturday evening, Turlock police said.

Amazingly, it appeared no one was injured in the wreck, which left the totaled silver vehicle lying on its side, wedged inside the house in the 1800 block of East Hawkeye, its hood pressed against a tree. No one was home at the time and the driver walked away from the crash.

Turlock firefighters were called to the scene at 5:24 p.m. and closed off the gushing hydrant, said Battalion Chief Bill Becker.

Witnesses were able to point out the man, who left the scene but did not get far, said Turlock police Sgt. Joey Mercado. The driver, Nicholas Steeley, 20, was expected to face a charge of driving under the influence.

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