Archive for Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Driver arrested after mobile homes hit

A Lawrence family gets a rude wake-up call over the weekend when an empty car slams right into their mobile home.

July 15, 2008

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A Lawrence family was asleep inside its mobile home Saturday morning when an empty car slammed into it. Another mobile home was then knocked off its foundation.

The incident was caused by 38-year-old Daryl Pickens Jr., of Baldwin City, a police report said.

Police said Pickens was driving a 1994 Ford Taurus and hit a parked vehicle in the 1900 block of West 31st Street. It happened at 2:05 a.m. Saturday.

The accident caused the parked vehicle to roll across a street, hit the mobile home where the family was sleeping and become lodged under the northwest corner of the home, police said.

Pickens' car hit another mobile home near the hitch, causing it to move off its concrete block foundation, the police report said.

Both homes were badly damaged, but no one was injured.

Pickens was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence and reckless driving.

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