A 5-year-old girl with special needs is recovering from a broken femur after a drunken driver plowed into her bedroom early Friday morning as she was sleeping, police said.
Jeffery Kenneth Dobretz, 21, was taken into custody for allegedly driving his pickup truck into a residence and through the victim's room on the 700 block of Pinot Noir Drive shortly after 4:20 a.m., said Cpl. Dale Eubanks of the Lodi Police Department.
"He made a wide left turn coming off Reisling Drive, smashed through a fence and into the girl's room," Eubanks said. "The mom heard the noise and saw the pickup backing away from the room."
After striking the residence, Dobretz reversed across the lawn and sped down the street.
A neighbor described the scene he saw after the initial crash.
"I just happened to be up and I heard glass breaking as he tore down the street," Mark Wilson said. "But it didn't sound like bottles breaking; it sounded like panes of glass."
Multiple witnesses described Dobretz's truck, Eubanks said.
Dobretz stopped the truck at his residence on the 900 block of Pinot Noir Drive and exited the vehicle, Eubanks said.
Pieces of the victim's window were still littered in front of Dobretz's residence hours after he'd been taken into custody.
A middle-aged woman who answered the door at Dobretz's residence declined to comment on his arrest or the situation.
Police caught up with Dobretz as he was attempting to hop the fence at his residence but was too intoxicated to do so, Eubanks said.
Shortly after sunrise, workers put up a wooden barrier to protect the damaged room from the elements and burglars.
The owner of the property wouldn't speculate about specific damage to the home but said the structure appeared to be sound.
"I'm waiting for an insurance adjuster and contractor to look at it, but the house itself appears to be fine," said Shelley Nolen of Harvest Property Management.
Nolen rents the home to the parents of the victim. Family and friends of the victim who gathered at the scene declined to speak to the media Friday morning.
Dobretz could face felony drunken driving, felony hit and run and reckless driving charges, Eubanks said.
The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was transferred to U.C. Davis Medical Center and is receiving treatment for her injury, according to the Lodi Police Department.
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