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"Path of Destruction" Leads Avondale Police to Hit and Run Suspect -- Dude Hit Five Cars and a Fire Hydrant Before Parking in His Own Garage

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Five cars, a fire hydrant, and three landscaped yards. That's what an Avondale motorist hit on what police describe as a "path of destruction" Friday afternoon.

When he was done wreaking havoc on Avondale roadways, 34-year-old Justin Fernandez parked his mangled car in his own garage -- with car parts and destruction acting as bread crumbs for Avondale cops, who arrested him shortly after his wild ride came to an end.

The maniac motorist got started about 3:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Dysart Road and Sage Lane, when police say Fernandez's 2001 Nissan Altima collided with a 2008 Honda Fit. Fernandez then drove east into a neighborhood where he hit just about everything in his path.

Once in the neighborhood, Fernandez hit another car, and then some bushes, and then a fire hydrant, and then some more bushes, and then two more cars, before pulling into his own driveway and parking the car in his garage on Cherry Lynn Road.

Avondale Detective Reuben Gonzalez tells New Times given the "path of destruction" left in Fernandez's wake, it wasn't too hard for police to track him down.

"There were car parts, and people came out of their houses and said 'that way, he's over there,'" Gonzalez says.

The driver of the Honda Fit, Gonzalez says, suffered minor injuries, as did Fernandez.

Fernandez was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.

For now, he's been booked on several felony and misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident. However, Gonzalez says, police suspect he was intoxicated at the time and are awaiting the results of blood tests taken before Fernandez was released from the hospital.

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