Building severely damaged in Cape Coral after DUI crash

Posted at 2:03 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 06:49:15-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Two units of a SE Cape apartment building have been rendered uninhabitable after a drunk driver slammed into it and an SUV.  Thankfully nobody was injured.

25-year-old Levi Long has been arrested on several counts of DUI with property damage and is being held in the Lee County Jail on $18,000 bond.

According to Cape Coral Police, residents in the 4900 block of Vincennes Street were woken early Tuesday morning to the sound of loud music and a crashing sound that shook the building.  Outside, Long was seen sitting in a pickup truck that had crashing into a parked SUV and then the building.

One resident told police he was sleeping in the front bedroom when the truck crashing into the room with blaring music, knocking the man across the room.  Amazingly he did not sustain any treatable injuries.

Long, who was uninjured, reortedly told the residents that "he could pay for all this" damage.  He explained to police that he was "just going home" at the time of the crash, and it happened because he was on his cell phone.

Officers began a DUI investigation, during which Long fail the field sobriety test.  He provided two breath samples with a BAC of .012, below the legal limit, but refused to provide a urine sample.  He was charged with 10 counts of DUI, plus reckless driving and knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Long was previously arrested for DUI in October 2016.

Red Cross responded to help the displaced residents.