Vehicle slams into City Heights apartment building

SAN DIEGO - A driver was taken into custody Wednesday after the SUV he was driving crashed into an apartment building in City Heights.

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. in the 4300 block of Maple Street, near Fairmount Avenue, according to police.

A Chevrolet Blazer crashed into the lower level of the building, and the hood of the vehicle became wedged into the structure.

At least one other parked car sustained heavy damage in the crash, and 10News learned one person drove himself to the hospital after telling police he was struck by flying debris.

A witness told 10News that he was talking to a couple of other people when he saw the truck barreling toward them; jumping the curb about 10 feet away.

Charles Clem said the truck "kept accelerating, apparently lost control of the truck and at that point, we just started running. I thought, 'This is not going to end well. We're probably going to get hit,' and yeah, it's not the way I want to start my Wednesday, getting killed in City Heights."

The unidentified driver, who was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, apparently lost control of his vehicle prior to the crash.

The driver does not live at the apartment building, 10News learned.

The building was checked for structural damage or power line dangers, and Red Cross representatives were ready to set up shelter if the family had to vacate, but they were cleared to stay.

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