YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma police say around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning 24-year-old Jesus Almada rear ended a car on 16th St. then fled the scene. The man he hit then chased him down. Almada then drove into the side of a home on the 3100 block of South Avenue A. Neighbors say luckily no one was hurt because it is vacant and possibly for sale. But the family of five next door were awoken by the sound and shaking as Almada’s car flew through the garage of the empty home and onto their lawn where he damaged two parked cars.
They say Almada’s car caught fire but none of the occupants were hurt. Yuma police got Almada out of his car and firefighters put out the flames. He was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Yuma Master Police Officer Cruz Vidal said, “He’s facing a multitude of charges after he rear ended the other vehicle, but also the damages that occurred to the residents and the danger that he placed those other occupants in.”
Vidal adds alcohol could have played a factor in the string of crashes. “And that’s why we tell the community we tell everyone and remind them if you are going to go out and consume alcohol always have a second plan always have a designated driver,” said Vidal.
The incident is under investigation.