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Driver Shears Hydrant, Crashes Into Otay Mesa Home in DUI Suspected Crash: SDPD

A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the SUV she was driving crashed into a home in Otay Mesa Wednesday. 

The Lincoln Navigator was heading eastbound on Palm Avenue when it lost control near Norstad Street at about 3 a.m., the San Diego Police Department said. 

The SUV hit a retaining wall and sheared a hydrant before crashing into a corner home, becoming lodged into a wall leading to the living and dining rooms. 

The crash sent a gyser of water flooding the street outside the home. 

The driver was arrested about a block away from the crash site. SDPD believes she was attempting to flee the scene. It was not clear what charges she would be facing. 

A couple was asleep inside at the time of the crash but neither were injured.

"I woke up went out the hallway and saw the car inside the house and I said, 'This car is not mine,'"said Victor Castro, the homeowner. 

Castro told NBC 7 that he was scared the car was going to catch on fire so he and his wife climed out a side window.

"It was really scary," explained Castro.

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This is what the inside of Victor Castro's house looks like.

Their daughter, Veronica Cavin, said it was not the first time a car rammed into their home. 

"It's happened before. We've been trying to avoid this for a while. The city hasn't really done anything. My parents had their cars ran into a couple times. Neighbors are pretty familiar with it," Cavin said.  

The damage to the home was not considered severe enough to make the home unlivable, according to SDPD. 

No other information was available.

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