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Suspected Drunken Driver Crashes Minivan Into DeKalb House

A bad hangover can make you feel like you hit a brick wall. On Friday, a suspected drunken driver actually hit a brick wall when he crashed his minivan into a house, Channel 2 Action News reports.

According to authorities, the driver was fleeing from a prior crash when he crashed into the home. He'll probably face DUI and failure-to-stop charges once he's out of the hospital.

The accident on Belvedere Lane in DeKalb County knocked down a brick wall and caused the vehicle to flip.

A neighbor witnessed the crash and helped the driver out of the car. "I came outside. I saw the car flipped over to the house, and I ran over to see if I could help someone," the neighbor told Channel 2. "I heard him banging on the window, so I took a brick and busted out the window."

Fortunately no one was home at the time. Terra Weiss told Channel 2 that her mom lives at the home but was out. "My mom was at my house, thank goodness," Weiss said.

The driver was taken to the hospital. Police suspect that he was drunk at the time of the accident. Under Georgia's DUI law, it's illegal for anyone to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. A first-time DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, up to 12 months in prison, at least 40 hours of community service, and completion of an alcohol or drug use risk reduction program.

The driver may also face charges for allegedly leaving the scene of the first accident. If you cause an accident that results in injury or death, you have a duty to stop, render aid, and wait for authorities to arrive. Failing to do so can get you up to five years in jail.

While crashing into a house seems like a pretty bizarre occurrence, it happens more often than you may think. In July, a drunken driver crashed into a child's bedroom in Lithonia. Fortunately the boy wasn't in his bedroom at the time of the crash.

In the Lithonia crash, the driver blamed it on faulty brakes. She failed her field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI.

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