Suspected DUI Driver Plows Into Mission Viejo Home, Killing 1

MISSION VIEJO ( — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver plowed his vehicle into a home in southern Orange County, killing one person.

The overnight crash occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viego.

Police believe the male driver, identified by police as 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri of Mission Viejo, was headed down Olivera Street at a high rate of speed when he lost control and plowed into the bedroom of the home.

“It was a big bang … like ba-boom! It was like something exploded. And I didn’t think anything of it and I looked outside and I saw a lot of sheriffs and the fire department,” said Don Loessberg, a neighbor.

One man was killed. His identity has not been revealed. A second person inside the home was uninjured.

“We’re still very preliminary in the investigation, but it does appear that in addition to driving under the influence, that speed was also a factor in this collision,” Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Police say Keshmiri, who was taken into custody, was reportedly driving on a suspended license.

According to authorities, Keshmiri has one prior misdemeanor DUI conviction and a pending case from June 2013.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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