A driver suspected of DUI crashed into the living room of a Wichita home, seriously injuring a 93-year-old woman and a 69-year-old woman sitting inside, police said Friday.
It happened at about 9:55 p.m. Thursday in the 8000 block of West Suncrest Court, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. That’s north of 13th Street between Ridge and Tyler.
The driver, identified in the police arrest log as Aaron E. Guinn, had been released from prison last month and was discharged from parole on Nov. 30, state records show.
Both women suffered multiple injuries and remained in Via Christi Hospital St. Francis on Friday, Schroeder said. He gave this account:
A 33-year-old man driving an Acura crashed through the wall as the women were seated in the living room of the house. The 93-year-old woman apparently lives there, and the 69-year-old woman was visiting, he said.
The man was alone in the car, Schroeder said.
Guinn, the man identified as the driver, is being held on $50,000 bond in the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated battery, DUI, failure to carry/exhibit a driver’s license and passing on the right, records show.
Guinn has been in and out of prison or jail since 2000, according to Kansas Department of Corrections records. His last felony convictions are for attempted aggravated battery and aggravated assault committed in 2010 in Sedgwick County, KDOC records show.
Police see an increase in drinking and driving during the holidays, and the department has extra officers on the street now watching for drunk drivers and aggressive driving, he said.
It’s important for people to plan for safe transportation if they are going to parties or are drinking, he said. His advice: Call a taxi service or friend but “don’t drink and drive.”
People who host parties where alcohol is served can sometimes be held accountable if an intoxicated guest later hurts someone, he said. Hosts can collect keys when guests arrive and decide later whether someone is safe to drive, he said.
Schroeder also recommended that if someone is intoxicated, it’s better for others to call 911 and have an officer intervene than to risk the consequences of the person driving.
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