Police say a suspected drunk driver had no business behind the wheel when he crashed into a Carrollton home.
The Dallas County Sheriff's Office had already issued a warrant for the arrest of Jose Galarza, 45, for driving with a suspended license when he barreled through the family's kitchen late Tuesday.
The family at a home in the 2300 block of Westbrook Drive home had just put their 7-year-old son to sleep and gone to bed themselves when police say Galarza flew over the railroad tracks on Old Mill Road, missed his turn and careened into the family's kitchen about 9:20 p.m.
“The homeowners did tell us it appeared that he was trying to rev his engine to get out of the predicament that he had gotten himself in, but whether that was a reflex or if he was trying to flee, we don't really know,” said Jolene DeVito, Carrollton Police Dept. “We don't think he was. He was highly intoxicated so he wasn't going anywhere very quickly.”
Galarza’s vehicle hit the gas stove and caused a gas leak. Atmos had a to be called to the scene to make repairs.
The child was asleep in a nearby bedroom and fortunately was not injured, nor was anyone else in the home. Galarza was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
It's unclear when Galarza’s license was suspended, but records show the Dallas County Sheriff's Office had a warrant out for his arrest issued last month for driving with a suspended license. Galarza also has a DWI from 2006.
Galarza's boss said he was driving a company vehicle Tuesday night and it appears he was only a half mile away from the home listed as his current address.
“It was certainly a scare for the family and certainly a message as to why drinking and driving is never a good idea, especially in driving rain,” DeVito said.