Car Smashes Into Star Valley Home

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Police say a drunk driver plowed through a Star Valley homeowner’s yard Sunday night, pushing a travel trailer parked on the side of the residence into the home with such force it knocked the kitchen cabinets off the wall.

Luckily, no one was seriously injured, including the homeowner, who had just walked out of her kitchen when the trailer was pushed up against the home, at 43 E. Rainbow Drive.

The driver of the vehicle, Mariesa Hull, was arrested on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license, said Gila County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Scott.

Marie Knaus, who lives across the street, said she was in her home watching TV when she heard a loud screech and then a bang around 9 p.m.

When Knaus went outside with her family, they could not tell where the sound had come from. However, when they looked around the side of the home across the street, they were horrified to see a vehicle had plowed through their neighbor’s yard, struck a travel trailer, pushing it into the home.

Amazingly, the vehicle had minimal damage with the headlights still in tact. Hull and the vehicle’s passenger, Audra Coppernoll, were outside the vehicle. Hull was shouting and appeared intoxicated, Knaus said.

When Knaus went inside the home to check on the homeowner, the woman inside said she had just walked out of the kitchen and into the living room when the trailer hit. A wall of cabinets was knocked to the ground and the ceiling was cracked, Knaus said.

The homeowner told Knaus visitors had been staying in the trailer over the weekend, but had left Saturday.

The Hellsgate Fire Department shut gas and electricity off to the home while deputies Dave Vaughn and Matt Havey conducted interviews. The homeowner called her insurance company, which is expected to assess the damages to the home soon.

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