Created: 07/22/2014 5:49 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A man whose pickup truck slammed through a child’s bedroom in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights Monday night may have been drunk. Police say they found an open bottle of vodka in the truck, and the still-unidentified driver showed “significant signs of intoxication”.
The truck was from a company called “Go Green Pest Solutions”, and while the company’s owner said his driver “had not had one drop of alcohol,” police said it sure looked like he had a good deal more than one drop.
The truck was headed south on Chelwood Park at about 11PM and somehow managed to careen across the street, tear down a cherry tree, and slam through the brick front wall of the house into a young girl’s bedroom. Luckily, she was away at her grandmother’s for the night, otherwise it could have been fatal.
“We were inside our house and we heard a big bang,” said neighbor Larry Moya. “We thought it was thunder. Our dog was going wild, so we decided to come out and see what was going on.”
The Texas-based owner of “Go Green” emailed us, charging that “poor maintenance and road conditions as well as the bad visibility of the stop sign in the area contributed to the accident.” Our own inspection of the roadway Tuesday afternoon revealed no potholes or anything else that could have caused the truck to go out of control. The 4-way stop sign at Chelwood and Indian School is right out in the open with no obstruction to visibility.
Early Tuesday morning workers from Paul Davis Restoration went to work on the massive job of repairing the house. The owner told us it’s the second time somebody has run a vehicle into it. Neighbors said drivers sometimes deliberately run the stop sign at night, at high rates of speed. The driver was still in the hospital Tuesday, with fairly minor injuries. Witnesses said he walked away from the crash scene, but neighbors stopped him and convinced him to stick around and wait for the cops.