A teenage boy, who is suspected of underage drinking and driving, crashed his car into a house in the city of El Mirage early Wednesday, The Arizona Republic reports.
The youth, who has remained unidentified due to his age, reportedly sideswiped his four-door passenger car into the garage of the house and injured his passenger, according to authorities. Police say the boy had been drinking.
The house’s garage sustained significant damage, and the teen also hit a tree and some shrubbery before continuing down the street.
The passenger luckily sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
The driver was not injured and was released to his parents, Detective Robert Peoples, a spokesman for the El Mirage police told The Republic.
Although charges are pending, it is likely the teenager will face serious consequences since Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country and drivers under the age of 21 receive more severe penalties for underage drinking and driving than a driver who is of the legal drinking age. If the driver is under fifteen years of age, he could face an aggravated DUI felony charge under Arizona law, which requires at least the minimum amount of jail time of 10 days for a DUI offense.
In addition, there are enhanced sentences when drunk driving is accompanied by an accident or injury to another person.
For now, the sideswiped garage in front of the house will serve as a reminder to the youth of the city of El Mirage of the dangers of drinking and driving.
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