A driver took off on foot after slamming a SUV into a Pompano Beach home, leaving a 4-year-old girl in the front seat, authorities said.
Half of the white 1998 Ford Explorer broke through a wall of the home at 333 SW 2nd St., chopper footage showed.
German Hueso was driving under the influence with his common law wife's 4-year-old daughter when the collission happened, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
“The driver, a male believed to be in his 30s, fled the scene, leaving a 4-year-old girl in that car," BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said.
Witnesses followed the driver on foot and alerted a nearby BSO deputy, who took the driver into custody, Jachles said.
Hueso, 30, was taken to Broward Health North for treatment and faces charges of driving under the influence and child endangerment, Jachles said.
He does not possess a valid driver's license, according to the BSO. Hueso was being held at the Broward County Mail Jail Monday night, according to online BSO records.
Authorities responded to the crash at 4:39 p.m. Preliminary information indicated that a child who was in the vehicle was being taken to the hospital by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue with minor injuries, the BSO said.
The girl, who hit the front of the car in the crash, was also taken to Broward Health North as a precaution, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue said. She had not been wearing a seat belt, but the vehicle's airbags deployed, Jachles said.
No one was inside the apartment when the SUV burst through, according to Jachles.
"It is a miracle, it is," neighbor Alicia Honor said of the fact that there were no serious injuries.
Fire department personnel and BSO deputies assessed patients and damage at the scene after the crash, the BSO said.
Authorities later pulled the white vehicle out of the home onto a tow truck.
One of the people who chased down Hueso was Miguel Quevero, who witnessed the crash that wrecked his home. He said afterward that he was feeling nervous.
Edel Padilla said Quevero's life might have been saved by a phone call from her husband.
“As soon as he gave him a call, the car went through the living room," she said.
Moments before the impact, he woke up and went outside, the BSO said.
Quevero's girlfriend, Maria Diego, said they won't be coming back to the home.