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Two Valdosta homes heavily damaged by suspected drunk driver

The garage area of the home next to Anna Mashburn's was also damaged in the crash The garage area of the home next to Anna Mashburn's was also damaged in the crash
Shieyla Robinson Shieyla Robinson
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A construction crew was already working on the front of the home at 2812 Fawnwood Circle Monday afternoon, but not because the homeowner was adding on to it or remodeling.

The work was being done because a suspected drunk driver drove his truck through the home around 8 p.m. Sunday night. "He ran into two houses, actually," explained Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "Officers arrived on scene, took the driver into custody and charged him with DUI."

The driver was 28 year-old Lee Caquelard. 

Shieyla Robinson was laying down in her bedroom in her house across the street when she heard Caquelard's truck. "I heard him accelerating. I was like, 'who is driving through this neighborhood at such a high rate of speed?'," Robinson recalled.

Police said the driver came speeding down Fawnwood Circle and took out the mailbox at 2860 Fawnwood Circle as he tried to round the corner. That's when he lost control and slammed into the other two houses.

Caquelard was facing multiple charges Monday on top of the DUI. "Failure to maintain lane, driving under the influence of alcohol, too fast for conditions, and failure to notify after striking a fixed object," said Lt. Kirk.

Robinson said another neighbor had been following Caquelard down the street and jumped out of his car and kept Caquelard from getting away before police arrived. "He told him to get down," Robinson said. "Caquelard was like, 'no, dude, don't call any cops.' And, [the neighbor] was like, 'no, we're callin' the cops.'"

WALB spoke to the owner of the home at 2812 Fawnwood Circle off camera Monday. She was out looking at Christmas lights around town Sunday night when her next door neighbor called her about what happened. She said she was just thankful no one was injured.

Lt. Kirk said Monday afternoon that it was still not clear exactly how fast Caquelard was going when he crashed. It also wasn't clear what the damage estimate was for either home.

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