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Drunk driver smashes into Manteca home

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Drunk driver smashes into Manteca home

Manteca Battalion Chief Bill Canfield talks with a firefighter after two cars ended up in a house and driveway.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED November 30, 2016 11:34 p.m.

It was the scene of a runaway driver on Sallie O Drive at 10 p.m. Tuesday night when a DUI driver’s wild but short ride brought neighbors out of their homes aghast at what they witnessed after a “ping pong” series of crashes.
The 38-year-old motorist, Armida Arteaga, reportedly had been drinking when she went out into the garage and started up her nurse’s 2004 white Honda and roared through the garage door and torpedoed across Sallie O Drive knocking down bushes and leaving tire tracks in the lawn before it sideswiped a house and an air-filled snow man where a 14-year-old East Union boy was just getting to sleep.
The car continued to careen back across the roadway colliding into a black Ford Mustang parked at the curb knocking it into a spin and up a nearby driveway where it came to rest facing the opposite direction.  Somehow the vehicle had spun out and went ahead of the Mustang and crashed into the side of a home three houses to the west of the empty garage where it all began.
The rear of the Honda was wedged partially into the side of the home with the woman trying to drive back out of the house, according to witnesses, with one of them shattering the side passenger window with a hammer in attempting to get her out of the car.
Arteaga then attempted to leave the scene walking down the street, according to neighbors, who had come out of their homes, watching the last of the scenario unfold.  A police officer finally caught up to the woman and put her in handcuffs before escorting her back to his police car for transport to the station.  She was booked into San Joaquin County Jail for the night on a charge of DUI, police said.
East Union High freshman Brent Linton said he had just gone to bed when he heard the first crash of the garage door and then realized the car was speeding right past his bedroom window before its final crashes across the street from his home.
Sisters Kendra and Kerstin Campbell – also East Union students living across the street – said they had just parked their Ford Mustang at the curb some 15 minutes before the series of crashes erupted.  They said they felt very lucky they didn’t come home a little later when they might have been caught up in the incident.
The county jail website indicated that Arteaga spent the night in jail and was released from custody Wednesday morning.

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