KINGMAN - Speed and alcohol played a big part in a single-vehicle accident Saturday that damaged a residence and caused a gas leak, according to police.
Benjamin Hanson, 23, of Kingman, was arrested by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of criminal damage and three counts of endangerment, all felonies.
Hanson also was charged with criminal damage, DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08 percent, extreme DUI with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.15 percent and less than 0.20 percent, and super extreme DUI with a blood alcohol concentration over 0.20 percent.
Hanson was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center with a non-life threatening head laceration, and his female passenger was transported for observation. Hanson was arrested after he was released from the hospital.
Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded at 9:41 p.m. to the accident in the 3100 block of East Devlin Avenue and found a maroon Ford F350 truck embedded in a residence.
Hanson initially was unconscious and his female passenger was alert. A deputy helped Hanson out of the vehicle after he became conscious and escorted him into the street because of a gas leak caused by the truck hitting a gas meter.
Two uninjured residents were located inside the house and led into the street to get them away from the leak, and UniSource was notified about the situation and responded.
Police said the accident investigation and witness statements revealed that the truck was traveling east on East Devlin Avenue between 70 and 85 miles per hour. When the truck reached Melody Street, it went airborne and landed, causing the driver to lose control and strike a gas meter at 3145 Devlin Ave.
The truck then took out about 60 feet of chain link fence, entered the yard at 3145 Devlin Ave., struck a parked car and another chain link fence, hit two mulberry trees, struck a second parked car at 3155 Devlin Ave., and then ran into the residence at 3155 Devlin Ave.
In an effort to deter abuse of the comment section, the Kingman Daily Miner has a new policy of blocking comments on certain stories, such as arrests before conviction and stories with sensitive subject matter.