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Designated driver crashes into home causing $10,000 in damages

A photo of the damage provided by the homeowner before the garage was boarded up.
January 14, 2013 - 9:02 PM

The intention was for a safe ride home.

It's why an 18-year-old Kamloops man got behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee despite breaking restrictions on his driver's license. He was the designated driver.

But despite seemingly good intentions, the driver crashed into a North Kamloops home at about 2:30 a.m., Sunday.

He hit the Bossert Avenue house as well as their garage door, awakening the residents inside.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said there were no injuries, but there was about $10,000 in damage to the home as well as a 2010 Ford Focus that was parked inside the garage at the time of the crash.

A resident, who wished to not be named over job-related privacy issues, said the crash shook the house.

"I thought it was an earthquake," he said.

The man said he tripped over bricks left lying in his driveway as his neighbour explained what had happened. The neighbours trees had been run over as well.

The incident was strange to the resident due to the proximity of his home to the middle of the street. He attributed the incident to icy road conditions.

He said the driver accelerated on the road hoping to turn around in his driveway but spun his tires.

"He didn't have any traction," he said.

He said when the tires transitioned from the icy road onto the bare pavement of his driveway he accelerated forward faster than anticipated.

Learned said the driver fled the scene but returned about half an hour later.

"He said he got scared and fled the scene," Learned said.

Learned said the driver returned after going home and speaking with his parents.

Upon his return to the scene, he was handed two provincial traffic violations - one for driving contrary to his license restrictions and another for fleeing the scene.

— Jessica Wallace

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