Suspected drunken driver causes mayhem along Cape Coral road


A Cape Coral man woke up to his parked cars mangled and nearly destroyed after a suspected drunken driver ran off the road and onto his property in the middle of the night.

It happened late Monday on SE 47th Terrace near Palm Tree Boulevard. Police say the driver lost control of his truck, slamming into a parked car and causing it to flip over and crush two others.

Jennifer Schaller lives across the street from where it happened.

“It sounded as if metal was crushing smaller pieces of metal. What I thought initially was it was coming from the 7-Eleven back here,” she said.

“I did not expect the next day I come out and I see all these cars on top of one another.”

And that’s not all. The speeding car also plowed through a ditch and took down a couple of trees. The result left a yard in ruins, but Schaller said it could have been much worse.

Drivers use her neighborhood as a cut-through to avoid traffic on Cape Coral Parkway, she said, and she always worried about what might happen.

“They take this road to avoid the main road because that’s where they have the vast majority of the police officers,” she said.

“They come down here 70 miles an hour and they don’t slow down. It’s a shame.”

The driver was taken to the hospital. Police say they’re continuing to investigate.

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