RICHMOND -- A man suspected of driving an SUV into a Richmond home Tuesday morning was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Officers were dispatched about 9:30 a.m. to the 400 block of Spring Street after witnesses reported a Ford Explorer had crashed into a house, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was traveling east on Virginia Avenue near South 29th Street when he reportedly drove across a field, blasted through a chain-link fence and then slammed into the home, police said.

The driver -- a man in his early 30s -- suffered minor injuries. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital, treated and released, and then arrested on suspicion of DUI, Abetkov said.

Three people inside the home at the time of the crash were not injured, but the home sustained moderate to major damage.

Witnesses said that after the crash, a passenger in the Explorer got out and ran. Police on Tuesday afternoon were still looking for the passenger, Abetkov said.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents displaced by the crash, Abetkov said.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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