Police: DUI driver fled officer before crashing into Carlisle homes

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A 28-year-old borough man has been charged with fleeing and eluding and related counts after crashing into homes and cars during a police pursuit Monday night.

Police say Favian Padilla was driving under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances when he struck a train and fled. When he returned to the scene, officers tried to pull over Padilla, but he fled again and ultimately lost control in the 400 block of North West Street where he crashed into a utility pole, three houses, and four cars.

A couple in one of the homes said the collision knocked them across a room.

Police say the officer was within the departments protocol to chase the suspect, though neighbors say they are not happy about a police chase on their residential, often pedestrian-heavy street.

Police say the chase lasted about 30 seconds–too quick to call off. Plus, the driver exhibited signs of intoxication.

Padilla was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He’s also charged with DUI, reckless endangerment, accidents involving damage to property, and numerous summary traffic offenses.

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