San Diego

Driver Plows Through Backyard Fence, Narrowly Misses Swimming Pool

A driver and his Ford Mustang almost had to be fished out of a swimming pool after he crashed through a backyard fence in El Cajon, allegedly while intoxicated.

California Highway Patrol confirmed 23-year-old Kaihl Quesenberry was arrested on drunk driving charges after the crash at the corner of Castano Lane and Ridge Hill in an unincorporated part of the city around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The homeowner told NBC 7 it was the second time in three years he's had to replace this fence after drivers failed to negotiate the turn onto Castano Lane.

"It was just really loud,” witness Matthew Cantellano said of the crash. He grabbed his phone and began recording the aftermath. “It was just ridiculous how much damage it had caused."

Cantellano’s video shows the blue Ford Mustang resting on a pile of rubble inches away from the deep end of the homeowner’s swimming pool.

The homeowner, who wished not to be identified, told NBC 7 his two sons, both under the age of 2, and his wife, were asleep in the house at the time of the crash. The homeowner was in the kitchen that looks out into the backyard.

Witnesses say a man and woman in their early 20s were inside the car and were given sobriety tests at the scene.

“I could tell that she was very intoxicated,” Cantellano said about the woman. “She was laughing a lot."

CHP said Quesenberry made an unsafe turn when he crashed into the fence and brick retaining wall. The driver was evaluated at the scene and subsequently arrested. 

But the homeowners and neighbors were not amused. The damage will likely cost several thousand dollars. Police say the driver and passengers could have paid with their lives.

Residents say they are fed up with the speeding cars and damage done at the corner and say speedbumps would the issue.

CHP is handling the investigation.

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