Posted: Aug 26, 2013 2:33 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News
Updated: Aug 27, 2013 7:36 AM
For the second time in less than two weeks, a driver has crashed into a Santa Maria home, this time displacing the family that lives there.
The latest incident happened Monday morning around 10:43 in the 1900 block of North Western Avenue.
The Santa Maria Police Department suspects the driver of the minivan, Herman Dominguez Rincon, 33, of Santa Maria, was driving under the influence when he swerved and hit a parked car before crashing into the home.
Sgt. Paul Flores, with the Santa Maria Police Department, says, "In this instance, we suspect it's DUI. In other incidents, it could be other violations of the vehicle code, unsafe speed, unsafe turning movements. In the latest two incidents, the causes for the collisions are inconsistent; they're not a common cause."
No one was home when the accident occurred.
Rincon, the only one in the van, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.
The Red Cross is assisting the family.
Damage to the home is estimated at $10,000.
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