Parked Cars in Studio City Hit by Suspected DUI Driver

Follow the "path of destruction" on the KTLA 5 report above. The suspect was taken into custody. Was your car hit?

A 47-year-old man who drove his SUV into at least three parked cars in a residential neighborhood in Studio City—and may have damaged at least 15 cars—was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to witnesses, the driver of the Chrysler 300 was smashing into cars purposefully as he drove around the neighborhood.

Police began getting calls about the driver hitting vehicles around 12:50 a.m. in the area of Laurel Terrace Drive and Vantage Avenue, said Sgt. Rich Brunson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

Initial reports said the driver had struck as many as 15 cars, but officers retraced the motorist's 1.6 mile route of destruction and found three vehicles with relatively minor damage, Brunson said. Police are urging residents who may have had car damage to file police reports so they can get a more accurate count.

The residents of the 12200 block of Hillslope Street reported to 911 early Friday morning that a car was racing around the neighborhood. A flurry of calls went to police.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, abandoned his vehicle on Hillslope Street near Laurel Grove Avenue and was arrested a short distance away, police said.

He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and an additional filing of three counts of misdemeanor hit-and-run was requested, Brunson said.

Studio City resident Mary Shear was interviewed by KTLA Channel 5 and said it sounded "like there was a race going on outside." (Sign up for KTLA 5 Breaking News Email Alerts)

There was still a trail of liquid and skid marks in the area as well as damaged bumpers, broken axels and sideswipe dents along Laurel Terrace Drive, Vantage Avenue and Laurelgrove Avenue. According to KTLA, the car was eventually found parked in the wrong direction on Hillslope. After an hour-long search, the driver was found in a home across from the damaged car.

Follow the "path of destruction" on the KTLA 5 video report above. 

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Michael Britton July 06, 2012 at 04:39 PM
15 cars hit!!! Oh, it was really only 3. But I guess 15 makes a better headline. So much for your integrity.
Christopher_W July 06, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Did a vehicle... did a vehicle Fly along the mountain And find a place to park itself? Park it. Park it!
CMS July 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
The lead singer of the punk band Amen was arrested for DUI in L.A. last night after he allegedly smashed his SUV into as many as 15 parked cars. TMZ has learned ... 46-year-old Casey Chaos -- real name Karim Chmielinski -- was popped in Studio City, CA around 12:50 AM after cops say he ran a drunken demolition derby through a residential street.
Sarah Taylor July 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hey, CMS, much better investigative reporting than KTLA! Excellent follow-up!
Brenda Espindola July 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM


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