Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Driver charged after SUV crashes into Stafford house
An early Sunday morning crash sent a teenager to jail and caused extensive damage to a Stafford house.
At about 2:16 a.m. Stafford Deputy Joe Massine responded to a reported crash in the 500 block of Deacon Road, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy.
When the deputy arrived he found a 4-Runner that had crashed into the front porch of the home, between Grafton Elementary School and Brooke Road. The SUV hit a sign and a tree before running into the porch, which was left askew, its four columns leaning to the left. There was a hole in the lower left corner of the porch, which is covered with stone.
The porch sustained an estimated $65,000 in damage, Kennedy said.
After arriving on the scene, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol on the driver, 19-year-old Douglas Lazo, of Crescent Valley Drive in Stafford, according to Kennedy, who added that the deputy said Lazo “appeared to be intoxicated.”
The deputy put Lazo through field sobriety tests, which didn’t turn out well, so he arrested the young man, Kennedy said.
Lazo faces charges of felony destruction of property, driving under the influence, underage DUI, underage possession of alcohol and reckless driving. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then locked up at the Rappahannock Regional Jail where he was being held on $3,000 bond.
Kennedy said there may have been others in the vehicle when it crashed, but the investigation hasn’t turned up any such evidence.
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