When someone chooses to drink and drive, they should already be aware that their actions could harm someone. Unfortunately, people still make the choice to get behind the wheel despite that risk.

That’s what may have happened in this case out of east Spokane. An April 1 report described an unsettling scene where a house caught on fire after a vehicle slammed into it. Half of the home went up in flames as a result of the vehicle hitting a gas line.

Fortunately, the people inside the home were able to get out safely. However, the driver had to be taken to the hospital following the crash. They had nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the news.

That driver was an unfortunate victim in this case, it appears, because an investigation determined that there were two vehicles traveling south on Freya when the second hit the rear of the vehicle that went off the road and hit the home. The other driver had fled the scene at that point.

Fortunately, the police were able to locate the suspect just around a quarter of a mile away from the crash. That driver, a 24-year-old man, was heavily intoxicated, according to police. He will be charged for vehicular assault as well as for a hit-and-run.

Cases like this could result in multiple injuries or fatalities. Fortunately, everyone in this incident appears to be recovering. If you are struck by someone who has been drinking and who decided to drive, it’s important that you look into your legal options. You have a right to seek compensation against any driver who causes a collision that results in injuries.