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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Drunken student crashes into occupied house

Police arrested a UF student on charges of damaging property while driving under the influence after he crashed his car into a Gainesville woman's house, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

Kyle C. Nelson, 20, drove his car through the bedroom wall of Virginia Hoyt's home, at 4361 NW 19th St., around 4 a.m. Friday.

"He could have killed me," Hoyt said in a telephone interview on Saturday.

When police arrived to the scene, Nelson was stumbling and missing one shoe.

He said he had left one shoe at a friend's house, but he did not know why, according to the report.

Nelson said he drank five or six shots of Jack Daniel's whiskey and rum before he left his friend's house that night, the report stated.

After failing field sobriety examinations, Nelson submitted to a breath test showing his blood-alcohol level to be 0.20, according to the report. The legal limit is 0.08. Police also found a multicolored glass pipe containing marijuana residue in the center console of Nelson's car. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor offense.

Hoyt said she thinks that drunken drivers are not just a problem downtown but the suburbs as well.

"Your life is in danger out here in your own home," she said.

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