Monday May 21 2012
Speeding driver slams into house
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Levin arrested on charges of drunken driving
What was supposed to be a weekend of celebration for the Wire family turned alarming when an allegedly drunken driver?s attempt to evade police ended on their front porch early Sunday morning. As the Auburn family slept in their home on Vista Del Monte they awoke at about 1:20 a.m. to their whole house shaking from the impact of 22-year-old Ross Levin?s car ramming into their front porch. ?It was pretty concerning and all this smoke was coming into our house,? Katherine Wire said. ?The driver and passenger were lying on the ground. He?s lucky this (pillar) is hollow.? Levin, of Auburn, fled from Auburn Police Department officers after running a stop sign near a home on Buckeye Court. The officers were responding to a loud party complaint at the home, according to a press release issued by the police department. He continued to speed through the neighborhood near Skyridge Elementary School, reaching 70 mph, with officers following behind. Levin drove through more than three stops signs and careened into two parked cars in front of the Wire residence before his Toyota Camry finally slammed into a pillar on their front porch, said Sergeant Gary Hopping of the Auburn Police Department in the press release. Wire said she had a full house of guests who came to town to celebrate her daughter?s college graduation. No one was injured, but she spent the better part of Monday morning on the phone with her insurance company. ?Let?s just say I did not get a lot of sleep that night,? Wire said. Aside from the major damage to her front porch, Wire said the roof may be compromised and there are cracks on the walls inside of her home. Two vehicles parked outside of her home were also badly damaged, she added. Denise Cook, the Wires? next door neighbor, said she was startled by the crash, too. ?It sounded like they hit my house. It jolted us out of our sleep,? Cook said. ?We heard sirens. It was really loud.? Levin and his male passenger were also uninjured. Levin was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and released from the Placer County Jail Sunday. Additional charges are pending investigation. Sergeant Victor Pecoraro, of the Auburn Police Department, said despite this driver?s choice to flee, similar incidents are not very common. He said he wasn?t sure if Levin had attended the party where the loud noise complaint was made. ?We have more stops, more often than not, that violators comply,? Pecoraro said. ?We have had them run before for trying to make a simple traffic stop.? Reach Sara Seyydin at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.