It never ceases to amaze me – and in many ways frighten me – the ways that impaired drivers are arrested on suspicion of DUI.
At around 3:00 a.m. on July 29th, a 19-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of DUI after crashing her Range Rover into the front gate of the James A. Musick jail facility in Irvine.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department shared the news and some photos on their Twitter feed along with an impactful statement, “We are grateful no OCSD personnel were injured in this collision. While this damage can be fixed, we know that’s not always the case with DUI collisions. Losing a loved one or friend is irreparable. Please always designate a driver or coordinate a ride.”
When you look at the photos posted, this response is no joke. The chain fence in front of the facility was completely knocked down and now lays across the entrance road. The Range Rover ended up on top of a cinder block on the lot with all four of its tires hovering above the ground. Its front bumper was ripped off completely and was nowhere to be seen in the pictures.
Despite how bad the images look, the driver fortunately suffered no injuries as a result of the accident. In addition, the jail facility was operating with minimal staff as of July 18th. They had shut down the grounds to allow for upgrades to their Intake Release Center and for the construction of new housing areas.
The driver’s name and additional information have not been released to the public yet. Other details will have to be worked out before the severity of her situation can be determined. Currently, it hasn’t been stated if the DUI charge is alcohol or drug-related. As a minor though, it makes it much more difficult for her to minimize this situation.