Car Plunges Into Calif. Family’s Swimming Pool

May 14, 2012 2:09pm

A mother in California awoke this Mother’s Day to find more than just breakfast in bed or roses on the table.

She found, instead, a silver Lexus at the bottom of her family’s swimming pool.  The car was not a strangely placed gift for her, however, but the unfortunate landing spot of a suspected drunken driver.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the suspect, 40-year-old Modesto Cabral, was driving through the Los Angeles suburb of La Peunte, Calif., early Sunday morning when he plowed through a cinder block wall surrounding the home of the Diaz family and ended up directly in the family’s swimming pool.

“”We woke up to an awful noise and looked outside, and a car was in the pool,” the Diaz’s teenage daughter, Janelle, told the paper.   “We had always joked around about it – that someone was going to end up in the pool – because they’ve hit our wall before.”

California Highway Patrol officials say that Cabral allowed his 2006 Lexus GS430 to drive through an intersection, over a sidewalk and into the family’s backyard.

Cabral pulled himself to safety by squeezing through his car’s passenger side front window, authorities said.  He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and is being held in the county jail until a scheduled court appearance this Tuesday.

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