Alleged Drunk Driver Leaves Path of Destruction

Driver reportedly rear-ends car, hits residential wall, drives home and allegedly finds time to keep drinking.

An alleged drunk driver caused a bit of havoc Tuesday night after he rear-ended a car and fled the scene.

arrested Paul Esparza, 49, from Glendora, on suspicion of DUI, exceeding the legal blood-alcohol level and hit and run. Esparza was held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Authorities were first alerted at 9:18 p.m. to a report of a silver minivan that hit a residential wall near the intersection of South Concord Lane and and Gladstone Street. The crash left pieces of bricks and other debris all over the road. Soon after, police were informed of a hit and run at the westbound Sunflower Avenue offramp at the Interstate 210 freeway.

The female driver alleged a silver minivan rear-ended her car and took off. The crash left both vehicles with significant damage, but no injuries were reported. The van reportedly left a trail of debris all over Sunflower Avenue, said Sergeant Scott Strong of Glendora Police.

Once officers arrived to the suspect's home in the 1200 block of South Concord Lane, he refused to come out of the house and was busy drinking a beer at the kitchen table, police said. Officers entered the house, administered a sobriety test and took Esparza into custody. Beer cans were reportedly found inside of Esparza's van.

Details for a court appearance were not available.

Danielle Elmore July 05, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Yes, thank you all!!! I really appreciate everyone who helped me out!! That was a very scary situation!! Glendora PD was amazing & quick to respond!! The random people who jumped in to help though... That's what really touched my heart!! You're awesome... Thank you so much!!! :)
Sheryl July 05, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Once again, we are right to be proud of Glendorans who are willing to 'get involved."
Glendora Rocks! July 05, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I hope your daughter is ok! The sad part is i see Paul Esparza driving home a state owned van today from his job at Lanterman rehab in Pomona!
Danielle Elmore July 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Wow!! I'm kinda glad he's out though & working! He needs to pay for my car & that wall he destroyed!! Thanks again Glendora for all your help!!
Glendora Rocks! July 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Lol! I hope his insurance is good! Lucky he did not kill anyone!


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