Drunk driver damages 3 classic cars in Spokane Valley garage


by KREM.com


Posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 6:05 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Authorities said a drunk driver crashed through a homeowner’s fence, hit a garage and several cars Wednesday evening near 8th and Carnahan.

When a deputy arrived on scene, he saw a blue Chevy full-size van in the driveway of the victim’s home. The chain link at the home had also been driven through.

“I heard ‘crash, bang, boom’ and a bunch of noise,” said homeowner Mike Yarbrough.

Officials said the van hit a truck in the driveway and hit another truck in front of it. That truck went through the garage door and hit a car parked inside the garage.

The car that was hit inside the garage ran into another car 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 car parked inside the garage.  The three cars that were damaged in the garage were classic cars that the homeowner was restoring.

Yarbrough said when he went to check on the driver, it was obvious he was intoxicated.

“When I’m seeing if he’s okay, all I smell is alcohol and that just infuriated me more,” said Yarbrough.

He said this was not the first time an event like this had happened at his home. The City of Spokane Valley said homeowners can contact the traffic division and fill out an online request. The city should investigate the issue within five days.

Authorities said Paul Chavez, 63, damaged five parked cars, the victim’s garage, fence, garden and waterline.

There is a silver lining though for Yarbrough. One of his trucks was spared of any damage.

“I’ve got six vehicles and you took out five of them all in one shot. I’m thanking god, he’s blessed me that I’m still alive,” said Yarbrough.

Chavez told the deputy his brakes went out while he was driving down Carnahan. The deputy determined Chavez was extremely intoxicated during a brief conversation.

He was arrested for DUI and refused a breathalyzer. The deputy also got a search warrant for Chavez’s blood.

He was booked into jail for DUI and toxicology results are pending.