Alleged drunk driver slams into Aspen Hill home, injures two

Photo: Jummy Olabanji/WJLA

A driver, allegedly{ }under the influence of alcohol,{ }lost control and crashed her car into a home in Aspen Hill leaving{ }two people{ }injured.

"I thought I was dreaming," said Keith Avery, the homeowner whose house was damaged. "I mean, I didn't really know what to think. It's crazy!"

Police say 22-year-old{ }Carol Mariana Ugalde-Orias was speeding when her car hit{ }some parked{ }cars, crashed into a fence then slammed into the home, located near the intersection of Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive around 12:22 a.m. Monday. The car{ }went{ }through the rear sliding glass door into an area of the laundry room, Montgomery Fire officials say.

Ugalde-Orias{ }was arrested at the scene after police determined she was under the influence of alcohol. She was charged with driving under the influence and other moving violations.

Avery said he, his wife and son, were all sleeping inside when they heard a loud bang. He says he thought it was the sound of an accident at a nearby intersection. Avery says he heard his son screaming so he got up to find a red SUV in{ }his{ }dining room. He says the woman was in a state of shock.

"I heard this crash inside of the house and my son's calling me and I looked up and I opened the door and I saw this SUV in my dining room," said Avery.

Investigators are looking into whether drugs was a{ }factor in the wreck.

Fire officials say the home is uninhabitable and cannot be reoccupied until it is inspected. All gas and electric utilities have been shut off.

"She was in shock because she actually saw the truck coming in because she was in the back in the living room by it and if she would have been four more inches to the right or left the truck would have hit her and she would not be alive," Avery said.

(Photos courtesy of 1800 Board Up, the company that inspected the home.)
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