Karaoke Joint Hit by DUI Driver

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Early Wednesday morning, a man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs crashed into a South Bay karaoke restaurant on Artesia Boulevard in Torrance.

According to ABC Eyewitness News, the driver, Jose Ferrez, went down the wrong side of the street, collided with two vehicles, hit a fire hydrant, and then hit a light pole before finally crashing into Astro Karaoke’s storefront.

Surveillance footage from inside Astro Karaoke captured the crash.

Fortunately, no one was hurt except for the driver, who suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The employees of Astro Karaoke happened to be at the rear of the building with a few karaoke-singing customers, a safe distance away from the impact of the crash. NBC 4 reported that Astro Karaoke’s owner had decided to close the business early that night, which probably saved many would-be customers from injury.

Ferrez, of Federal Way, Washington, is suspected of driving under the influence of PCP. Hospital workers reported the presence of PCP in his system and Ferrez will be charged with DUID (DUI drugs). Allegedly, Ferrez has an outstanding warrant in Washington state.

Safety department crews assessed the damage at the scene of the karaoke restaurant later that day.

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