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Drunken driver crashes pickup into child’s bedroom, police say

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

WEST JORDAN — A West Jordan girl amazingly suffered only minor injuries when police say a pickup truck crashed into her bedroom while she was asleep.

“She narrowly escaped some very, very serious injuries,” said West Jordan Police Sgt, JC Holt.

West Jordan police were dispatched to a house near 4400 West and 8900 South about 5 a.m. Sunday.

“I observed a vehicle had crashed into multiple houses, another vehicle and a fence,” an officer wrote in a police booking affidavit.

Officers were able to locate surveillance videos that captured the incident. In the video, they say three men in a truck hit an unoccupied parked vehicle, pushing it into a second vehicle which was pushed into a fence, Holt said.

The driver then put the truck in reverse and took off “at an excessive speed,” crashing into a bedroom where a 14-year-old girl was sleeping, the affidavit states. Holt said the truck came “very close” to hitting her bed.

“The vehicle caused substantial structural damage to the home,” according to the affidavit. “There was a juvenile female asleep inside of the bedroom that the vehicle crashed into. The female is complaining of neck and ankle pain. The female victim stated she blacked out and didn’t know how she got into the hallway of the home.”

After the crash, the video showed two of the men getting out of the truck and running away. The third man, the driver, “was still in the vehicle attempting to drive it out of the house,” the affidavit states.

Police reported finding Isicc Dante Prettypaint, 24, of Taylorsville, in the backyard of a neighboring house. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of DUI causing serious injury, failing to give assistance at the scene of a crash involving injury, trespassing, reckless driving, failing to report a crash involving damage, and not having insurance.

The front passenger was also located and interviewed. He told police that the three had been “drinking heavily at a house party” prior to driving, according to the affidavit. That man’s name was not immediately available.

Holt said Monday that all three men had been located and formal charges would be screened against all of them, but only the driver was booked into jail on Sunday.