Police identify driver who crashed into church

The driver whose pickup truck smashed into a Huntington Beach church Tuesday morning has been cited on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said Friday.

Lt. Mitch O'Brien identified the man as Robert McIntyre, 36. O'Brien said he did not know McIntyre's city of residence or his condition, but said he had been cited while at the hospital.

McIntyre's truck slammed into the Warner Avenue Baptist Church, 7360 Warner Ave. The 106-year-old building predates the city's incorporation.

The truck landed in an entryway and destroyed part of the church's exterior. No one was in the church when the car crashed into it.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, O'Brien said.

Pastor Steve Orman has said the church will hold services in a back building until repairs are made.

—Michael Miller

Twitter: @MichaelMillerHB

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