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Van crashes into Phoenix home, family avoids injury

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix family survived a van plowing into its home early Tuesday morning. There were no injuries.

A man driving a work van going 35-40 mph southbound on 14th Street near Northern Avenue crashed through a wall, clipped an orange tree before coming to a stop inside the home just inches from the family.

Michael Gutierrez, 17, said he, his mother and sister thought the noise was an explosion.

"(The driver) was freaking out, thinking he had killed someone. Police were trying to get ahold of him. It's crazy to think this could happen and my mom was always skeptical about having a corner home. We're lucky to be alive. A block wall kept the van from coming totally through the house," Gutierrez said.

The suspected drunk driver suffered scratches and faced a long list of felony charges.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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