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Drunken Driver Rudely Interrupts Family by Crashing Into Home

An alleged drunken driver took a page out of the Kool-Aid Man's playbook Sunday night when he smashed his car right through the wall of an Atlanta home.

The collision sent the kitchen sink and a table flying into the house's occupants. Now Ray Roberts, the driver, is facing charges for DUI, failure to maintain lane, and reckless driving, Fox 5 News reports.

According to authorities, Roberts was probably drunk when he drove through a fence and over a couple yards before smashing into the side of the home Sunday night. The homeowners said that one man had to be hospitalized after the kitchen sink hit him. Another man inside the home suffered injuries after he was hit by a table.

The homeowners weren't Roberts' only victims. His car also took out the house's gas meter. As a result, several homes in the area had to be evacuated until fire officials could stop the gas leak.

Roberts was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, but authorities have released any information about his condition. He was placed under arrest at the hospital.

If it's his first DUI offense, Roberts could get up to a year in jail, a maximum fine of $1,000, at least 40 hours of community service, and be made to complete an alcohol risk reduction program if found guilty.

Depending on the extent of his victims' injuries, Roberts could also face a charge for serious injury by vehicle. A driver who causes an accident that leaves another person permanently maimed, disfigured, or brain-damaged can be found guilty of serious injury by vehicle. If convicted, Roberts could face up to 15 years in prison.

The family who lives in the home had to find another place to stay Sunday night. The damage is currently being inspected to determine whether the family can continue to live in the home during the repair work.

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