YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – A YLP resident had a rude awakening in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 26, when a car crashed into the side of his house.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Austin Tucker, 20, of Coarsegold, was southbound on Revis Drive at what witnesses say was a high rate of speed.
For unknown reasons, he allowed his 2008 Toyota Camry to leave the roadway just south of Running Deer Lane, crashing through a white vinyl fence and down an embankment. The car somehow avoiding hitting a propane tank, and came to a stop when it smashed into the side of a house, punching a hole in the garage.
Homeowner Mark Updegraff was awakened by the noise, and hurried outside to find the driver “burning rubber” trying to dislodge the car from its predicament.
Updegraff told the driver, who was trying to call various people on his cell phone, to stay put because the cops were on their way.
When CHP arrived on scene, they assessed the situation, took statements from witnesses and arranged for the vehicle to be removed from the property.
They then took Mr. Tucker into custody on suspicion of DUI. It is not known at this time the results of his blood alcohol test.