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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:32 pm

A car crashing into an Ahwatukee Foothills backyard is the last straw for a neighborhood girl.

She says she has seen way too much bad driving.

“When I saw it I thought, ‘This is a disaster,’” said Sara Allen, who lives across the street from the crash site.

It happened just after noon on Monday near 38th Street and Kachina Drive.

Police say three teens, along with others, had been drinking alcohol in South Mountain Park on Monday morning and were expected at school at 1 p.m. When they left the park and drove back through the area the driver lost control and slammed through a brick wall into the backyard. Bricks were scattered around the yard and across a play area built for kids.

“I could have been killed if I was on that swing” Allen said.

Allen says drivers often speed down this street, scaring her and other kids while they ride their bikes.

She wants to start a petition asking adults with authority to put up a speed bump or stop sign to get drivers to slow down and keep kids in the neighborhood safe.

An investigation into the accident on Monday revealed the teen driver was a 17-year-old Mountain Pointe High School student, said Sgt. Joel Tranter of the Phoenix Police Department.

“The driver of the car was found to exhibit signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment and was subsequently arrested and processed for DUI and related charges,” Tranter said.

The teen could face charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08, underage drinking and driving, and failure to control speed to avoid a collision. The teen was released to an adult guardian with a scheduled court date.

There were adults and children inside the home when the accident occurred, but no one at the home was injured. The two passengers in the car had minor injuries.

• Allison Hurtado of the Ahwatukee Foothills News contributed to this story. Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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