Turlock crash causes $50K damage, ends in DUI arrest

08/11/2014 11:37 AM

08/11/2014 5:53 PM

A Saturday crash that resulted in a car landing on its side inside a house resulted in $50,000 damage, the Turlock Fire Department said Monday.

Also, Turlock police identified the driver, who ran away from the scene before being captured, as Nicholas Steeley, 20.

The crash was reported at 5:24 p.m. in the 1800 block of East Hawkeye Avenue on the east side of town.

According to a Turlock Fire Department press release, the car went off the road, knocking over a fire hydrant and a street light pole before careening through a fence and backyard patio area. The car, a silver sports utility vehicle, then glanced off a redwood tree and crashed into the sidewall of a home.

The driver, later identified as Steeley, left the scene on foot. He was captured on Johnson Avenue, not far from the crash scene, Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb said. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Firefighters remained on scene for two hours and 45 minutes. It was one of several accidents involving broken fire hydrants in Turlock over the last week, officials said in the release.

“Fire crews work in coordination with water department crews to quickly shut down the flowing water and render repairs as soon as possible,” the release said.

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