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11-month-old unharmed after stroller gets pinned to wall in suspected Glendale drunk-driving collision

Luis Tecun was arrested by Glendale police Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence and of a hit and run.
(Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)

An 11-month-old baby and 7-year-old boy escaped relatively unscathed Saturday evening after a suspected drunk driver careened onto a Glendale sidewalk in the direction of pedestrians, police say.

The children were with two adults at the time of the incident when a black Camaro jumped a curb near Brand Boulevard and Maple Street after hitting a parked car around 10:30 p.m. The Glendale Police Department said the 7-year-old and an adult were able to jump out of the way, while the Camaro pinned a stroller the baby was strapped into against a glass wall.

Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman for the department, said the baby was uninjured.

“Just the way the stroller was pushed up against the window and stopped there … they got very lucky, to tell you the truth,” he said.

The 7-year-old and the two adults suffered minor injuries.

The Camaro was involved in another collision earlier that night when it struck a vehicle near Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street, according to Suttles. The driver of the Camaro fled the scene, Suttles said.

A baby stroller is pinned against a glass wall after a suspected DUI driver collided into it Saturday night in Glendale.
(Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department )

The same driver allegedly attempted to flee from the scene of the second collision, but witnesses nearby were able to detain him. Suttles said the driver suffered some injuries in a scuffle with witnesses.

“[The witnesses] had to do what they had to do to keep him there since he was fighting them,” Suttles said.

The driver was later identified as 32-year-old Luis Tecun, a Glendale resident.

Tecun failed a field sobriety test at the scene, and officers also found several opened and unopened cans of beer in his vehicle. Tecun had a prior DUI arrest and was driving on a suspended license, according to Suttles.

He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

andy.nguyen@latimes.com

Twitter: @Andy_Truc


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