Suspected Drunk Motorist Sends Truck Driver House Hunting

Spanaway, Washington – Police say a suspected drunk driver caused a truck driver to lose control of his semi and crash into a home Friday morning barely missing the homeowners.

Gary Sanders with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said the accident happened at approximately 3 a.m. along Spanaway Loop Road South.

The semi was heading north and a pickup truck was headed the opposite way when the two vehicles collided causing the semi-truck to veer and crash into the home and the homeowner’s two 4-wheelers.


Police said the driver of the pickup truck appeared to be impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

The semi narrowly missed a couple who was asleep in their bed at the time of the accident. Investigators reported that if the semi had impacted the home only six feet in a different direction the couple would likely have lost their lives.

Homeowner Denny Roose told local news outlet KIRO 7, “(I thought) What’s that? Well, this is not an earthquake. And I got up and my wife was all upset of course.”

Roose said he and his wife have dogs and cats, but they were uninjured. Unfortunately, he said quite a few collectibles and family antiques were lost.


The cab of the semi came to rest in the kitchen causing massive damage to the home. Investigators said one of the center beams in the home is compromised.

“You can’t go down the hall because the whole place is demolished. The rafters, everything. It really wiped it out,” said Roose.

The semi-driver, along with the pickup driver, were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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