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Inebriated driver crashes into residence

According to police, field sobriety test revealed "high level intoxication" and drugs also located inside vehicle.

Information provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Police say an intoxicated driver crashed his vehicle into a Hollister residence, according to a recent press release.

On Dec. 10 around 6:24 p.m., Hollister Police Department officers were dispatched to 1293 Hamilton Drive, responding to a report that a vehicle had crashed into the residence.  

Officers said the speeding vehicle went through a wall on the west side of the house and the front end of the vehicle came to rest in one of the bedrooms of the home. One of the witnesses who resides in the house described the impact as an explosion, the press release said. No one in the house was injured as a result of the crash.  

The driver of the car, identified as Joel Banuelos Ledesma, was found a short distance from the residence with a leg injury. A passenger in the vehicle was flown to a trauma center for treatment.

According to the press release, as officers interviewed Ledesma, they noted he was showing signs of intoxication. A field sobriety test revealed a high level intoxication and drugs were also located inside the vehicle. Ledesma was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries.     

Ledesma is facing felony drunken driving and drug charges.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Martin-Del Campo of the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4330. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at (800) 87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.



BenitoLink Staff