A driver was being held on $66,000 bond Monday following his arrest on DUI charges after he crashed his truck into two cars and a house in Cooper City Sunday night, authorities said. NBC 6’s Claudia DoCampo reports.
A driver was arrested on DUI charges after he crashed his truck into two cars and a house in Cooper City Sunday night, authorities said.
Matthew Lingwood, 28, was arrested after the crash at 10806 S. Saratoga Drive, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. He remained in jail on Monday in $66,000 bond.
"Right now the suspect is facing a host of charges including three counts of DUI with property damage, one count of DUI on a first offense, four counts of DUI with serious injury, one count of reckless driving and an additional count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver," BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said.
According to Jachles, five people were hospitalized in the crash, including a family of four who were in a red Hyundai when they were struck. An 18-month-old boy and his 9-year-old sister were in the back seat.
"Even though the rear end damage forced that car seat to be wedged between the back row and front row of seats, that car seat no doubt saved that child's life and probably the other occupants of the vehicle that were properly restrained," Jachles said.
The pickup truck crossed the median after rear-ending the Hyundai and ended up at the home's backyard on Peach Court.
None of the injuries were life threatening and the home didn't suffer structural damage, Jachles said.
"We were in the bedroom talking and all of a sudden, we heard a boom, boom, bang, screech and came to the back door and there was a truck in my backyard," Terry Rodriguez said.
Lingwood (below) appeared in bond court Monday, where he was ordered held on $70,100 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.
According to a police report read by Judge John Hurley, Lingwood had been weaving in and out of traffic and speeding when he lost control of his F-250 truck.
After he crashed inbto the house, Lingwood ran to the side of a house and dumped marijuana and a scale in a recycling bin, Hurley said.
Lingwood smelled like alcohol when officers arrived, and beer cans were found near his truck, Hurley said. Lingwood had been drinking at the Chili Cookoff in Pembroke Pines, Hurley said.
Lingwood has no criminal record, Hurley said.