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Drunk Driver Destroys Fence, Yard, Vehicles and Garage

Posted 5/15/2014 1:28 PM by MDGREGORY

Yesterday, May 14th, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Miller responded to a single vehicle collision at the intersection of 8th and Carnahan. The homeowner called 911 to report a van had driven through his yard, struck several of his vehicles and drove through his garage door. He also stated the driver was extremely intoxicated.

Deputy Miller arrived and observed a blue Chevy full size van in the driveway of the victim’s residence. The chain link fence at the northeast corner of 8th and Carnahan, as well as the fence next to the victim’s driveway had been driven through. The van had struck an older truck parked in the driveway, which hit another truck in front of it, which went through the garage door and hit a car parked inside the garage. The vehicle that was struck inside the garage ran into another vehicle that was also parked inside the garage. There was also a fence post that was lodged into the opposite side of the garage door and stuck in the bumper of a different vehicle parked inside the garage. In all, the driver, identified as 63-year-old Paul Chavez, damaged five parked vehicles, the victim’s garage, fence, garden and water line.

Deputy Miller spoke with Chavez about the incident. Chavez told Deputy Miller his brakes “went out” as he was driving down Carnahan. During the brief conversation Deputy Miller had with Chavez, it was obvious to him that Chavez was extremely intoxicated. Chavez was ultimately arrested for DUI and refused the breath test. Deputy Miller obtained a search warrant for Chavez’s blood. Chavez was booked into jail for DUI and toxicology results are pending.