Driver admitted he drank 36 beers, did cocaine before crashing into Salt Lake house

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Truck into living room

Bernabe Urcino-Saldago (39) Arrested for DUI, negligent collision and no driver's license after crashing into Rose Park home.

Bernabe Urcino-Saldago (39) arrested for DUI, negligent collision and no driver's license after crashing into Rose Park home.

SALT LAKE CITY - Police said the man arrested for driving his truck into a Rose Park home admitted to drinking 36 beers and doing cocaine before the crash.

Officials arrested 39-year-old Bernabe Urcino-Saldago for driving under the influence, a negligent collision and driving without a driver's license Monday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near 1200 N. and 1000 W. at about 9 a.m.

"If anyone had been up and around like we normally are during the day, chances are he probably would have run one of us over," said Mario Gutierrez, the homeowner.

Gutierrez woke up to what he said sounded like an explosion. There in his living room was a truck, the driver's foot still pressing down on the gas pedal.

"I grabbed the door, which was stuck shut and I forced it opened as hard as I could I yelled at him as loud as I could he was unresponsive I reached in and grabbed his pant leg and grabbed his leg off the accelerator," Gutierrez said.

The two people in the home at the time were in different rooms, but the family's dog was sleeping in the front room where the truck crashed.

"He barely missed our dog I don't know how our dog survived," Gutierrez said.

The homeowner said he feels lucky he and his family weren't hurt.

"If the truck would have veered over another five feet and missed the center support for the home he would have went through that first wall and ran into my bedroom and ran me over. I'd be dead," Gutierrez said.

Urcina-Saldago was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. He told police the night before the crash he had consumed two 18 packs of beer and ingested cocaine.

"At least I can look at the positive side and say nobody got killed. I could be dead right now -- I came so close to him killing me today," Gutierrez said.

Officials said no one was seriously injured.

Gutierrez said the Urcino-Saldago lives in the neighborhood.

The homeowner said this corner is always a concern because drivers go much faster than the 25-mph speed limit.

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Truck crashes into Salt Lake Home

11 comments

  • Capsaicin

    So….he’s being tried for attempted murder right?! His truck is as deadly as a gun. It went off in the public’s direction. Put him behind bars for 20 years at least.

  • YoursTruly

    This family lives a block away from me , he needs to stay in jail our neighborhood is really calm for things like this to happen.

  • JEWLZZZ

    You can’t get car insurance if you don’t have a driver’s license. The poor driver suffers from alcoholism which everyone knows is a disease. Bernabe is a victim of an uncaring society and everyone just want’s to kick him when he’s just a little down on his luck.

  • miles (dave)

    i cracked the numbers, if the beer cans were the size of my soda cans than he drank about 3.5 gallons of beer.

    also i dont drink, im not into alcohol, can someone who has been there, who has been diagnosed with the disease (which i think has no name) that makes you drink alcohol, explain to me that “disease.”

    to be honest i cant help but think thats an excuse that someone would use for not wanting to take responsibility for there actions.

    i can see how it can be a temptation, i can also believe that due to genetics and other factors that it can be a bigger temptation for some than others. i can also see how it can be addictive for some seen as they likely drowned there sorrows in alcohol instead of dealing with it directly, which by the way i dont support but i understand why that can happen, which to me is the reason that things like alcoholics anonymous exist and its totally appropriate to me.

    but i dont see it as a disease. is there a prescription for that? what is the external virus, Bactria or pathogen called?

    • miles (dave)

      actually after a quick study i answered most of my own questions (sorry for starting out by being lazy) but still to anyone who has been there and is now sober did the knowledge that its a disease make it easier for you to not feel bad about giving into the temptation to drink, like its not your fault and theirs nothing you can do about it so drink away?

    • Mikee

      Your definition of “disease” that only includes something that is caused by viruses, bacteria, or a pathogen is extremely flawed. If you don’t think the disease known as ‘alcoholism’ doesn’t have a name, there’s not much else anyone else can do to help you. Alcoholics do and say dumb things because of their addiction. What’s your excuse?

      • miles (dave)

        you didnt read my reply to my self.

        you dont qualify to reply to my post seen as you have not been there, because you didnt try to answer any of my questions, you are not educated enough to reply.

        there is not a lot of importance in asinine comments like the one you gave. i was looking for someone educated on the subject, then you staggered in and began vomiting all over the place, you didnt leave anything valuable behind.

        look up the definition of a disease its a requirement to need one of those things i mentioned.

        also its common practice to name the viruses, bacteria and pathogens using the latin system. that is what i was looking for, that is what i believe has no latin name. but you didnt know that.

        im not going to ask you why you say dumb things, i all ready know why.

      • Mikee

        RE: MILES (DAVE)

        Here’s the definition from a few places around the web.

        disease
        noun dis·ease \di-ˈzēz\
        : an illness that affects a person, animal, or plant : a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally

        : a problem that a person, group, organization, or society has and cannot stop

        disease
        [ diˈzēz ]
        NOUN
        a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury:

        disease
        [dih-zeez]
        noun
        1.
        a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.
        2.
        any abnormal condition in a plant that interferes with its vital physiological processes, caused by pathogenic microorganisms, parasites, unfavorable environmental, genetic, or nutritional factors, etc.
        3.
        any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or society:
        His fascination with executions is a disease.
        4.
        decomposition of a material under special circumstances:
        tin disease.

        I guess I missed the part of those definitions that said, “HAS TO BE CAUSED BY A MICROBE.”

        Did you forget to look up the definition before you told me to look up the definition, you know, just to make sure your claim was accurate and not based on fantasy and a lack of reality?

      • ANOTHERBOB

        MIKEE – Nice thesis on diseases but you’d be better served focusing on the story line. A drunken driver causes substantial damage to a home, hurts a family financially, got bailed out of jail the following day, and is free to do it all over again if he can get his hands on another vehicle.

      • miles (dave)

        fine mikee i will do the home work for you seen as you are so driven to stumble around the facts as to hit everything in the room but the facts

        A pathogen (Greek: πάθος pathos “suffering, passion” and -γενής -genēs “producer of”) in the oldest and broadest sense is anything that can produce disease

        if alcoholism is a disease (which i figured out after i placed my second post where i told everyone i did some study but still had some other questions) then what was its cause. in diseases the cause is called a pathogen. (this is funny seen as i was the one asking questions looking for someone educated to answer, then i got you which was the exact opposite, and i end up being the one who needs to educate you, but thats ok i consider my self to be not educated on the subject but it looks like i still know more about it than you do.)

        by the way i also figured out what the official name of the disease is (they didnt use the latin form like i expected but it still has a current official name which is alcohol dependence syndrome.

        like i said in my second post, where i started off by apologizing for starting off by being lazy and not studying it for my self when i should have, but in the end i still did the study and got most of the answers for my self. but this conversation continued because you entered the conversation with garbage that didnt help anyone or do any good. in fact you decided to try to tear me down for trying to get educated and informed on a subject i was unsure about. so what is it that makes someone like you make such a asinine call to do something that ridiculous. it appears as tho you have something against uneducated people but when someone like me tries to get educated on a subject there you are to discourage it. your not very good at solving problems. but if you try hard enough youll get there.

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