The renters of the basement apartment were out of town when a Jeep crashed into their bedroom Saturday morning.

Photo by Matt Stensland

The renters of the basement apartment were out of town when a Jeep crashed into their bedroom Saturday morning.

Man arrested after car crashes into Steamboat Springs home

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The car crashed into the basement apartment in this home at 492 Tamarack Drive.

— Police on Saturday arrested the man they think was drunk when he crashed his car into a house at about 5 a.m. at 492 Tamarack Drive.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested Zachary Jensen, 22, of Steamboat Springs, on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving and for failing to report an accident.

Sgt. Scott Middleton said a neighbor reported hearing the crash at about 5 a.m., but the driver was not there when Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrived.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a bedroom in the basement apartment at the home. There was extensive damage, and it is thought the car is totaled. The homeowners were not at home, and the tenants living in the basement apartment were out of town. The tenants' bed was covered with debris, including large blocks of cement that used to be part of the basement wall. The basement windows also had been pushed into the bedroom, and the car just missed crashing into the electric and gas meters.

The car appeared to have been rounding a corner near Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway when it went off the road, ran over several trees and crashed into the home.

Middleton said the driver contacted police later. He had a couple of cuts on his head and admitted to drinking heavily Friday night, Middleton said.

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