POCATELLO — A young girl escaped injury when police say a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver crashed into her family’s north side home early Monday morning.
The GMC pickup smashed into 6-year-old Aubree Haggard’s bedroom around 2 a.m. Monday but fortunately she was sleeping on a couch in the home’s living room at the time.
No members of the Haggard family were injured when the pickup truck driven by Dennis Hernandez, 64, of Pocatello, slammed into their house in the 2200 block of Darrell Loop, causing extensive damage to the residence, Pocatello police said.
The Haggard family said the impact of the pickup knocked their ranch-style home off its foundation by more than a foot. The family also said that had Aubree been sleeping in her bedroom at the time she would have been injured by the incoming pickup.
Hernandez had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit when he lost control of his pickup truck and crashed into the Haggards’ house, police said.
Hernandez was knocked unconscious by the impact of the crash.
The Haggard family dialed 911 to report the incident and it didn’t take Pocatello police long to arrive at the scene.
A Pocatello police officer in a patrol car saw Hernandez from a distance almost drive off the road when the suspect turned from Pocatello Creek Road onto Booth Drive less than a minute before the Haggards’ home was struck, police said.
The officer turned onto Booth Drive in search of Hernandez around the same time that he smashed his pickup into the Haggards’ house on Darrell Loop, which is immediately off Booth, police said.
Hernandez was transported from the scene via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment of a head injury suffered in the crash.
Once Hernandez was released from the hospital on Monday morning he was cited for drunk driving by Pocatello police and released on his own recognizance.
If convicted of drunk driving, Hernandez faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.