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Car crashes into building, narrowly misses sleeping couple

Posted at: 04/28/2013 10:49 PM
Updated at: 04/28/2013 11:30 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

DELMAR -- A car plowed into a building at the Maple Manor Apartments early Sunday, missing a retired couple by only a few feet.

Janet and Patrick Arico were sleeping when a speeding 2009 Audi A5 blew the stop sign at Huron Rd. and Cherry Ave., crossed the apartment building's lawn, and crashed nose-first into the vacant unit adjoining their bedroom wall shortly after 2:15 a.m., police said.

"He could have [gone] into our bedroom," Patrick Arico told NewsChannel 13. "We would have been either killed or hurt badly. It's scary."

No one in the building, and none of the three people in the car, was injured, police said.

The driver, Calvin Warner, 18, failed a breathalyzer test and a standard field sobriety test, police said. Warner was charged with driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21, reckless driving, speeding, and other violations. He was released to his father.

Warner's blood alcohol content was under .06 but that does carry a charge because he is underage, police said. Family services will be investigating who supplied the alcohol.

Warner and his two passengers, a 17 year-old and an 18 year-old, were dressed in formal attire, reportedly heading home from a junior prom at the time of the accident. Police said Warner declined to say where he had been earlier in the night.

Voices were audible inside Warner's home late Sunday but no one answered the door. Warner was due to appear in court on Tuesday May 28.

The Aricos, whose apartment was undamaged in the accident, were shaken but grateful no one was hurt.

"I think somebody's looking after us because it was just unreal," Janet Arico said.

And there is one final twist.

A new tenant was planning to move into the vacant unit Sunday, the Aricos said. Had she moved in Saturday, the woman might have been sleeping in the bedroom where the car came through.

"It's just unbelievable, Patrick Arico said.