Winnipeg man charged with drunk driving

A man, 19, was charged with impaired driving after crashing into a car, forcing it into a nearby home. (CBC)

An 18-year-old woman was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injures after an alleged drunk driver struck another vehicle forcing it to crash into a house. 

Officers noticed a car near Jefferson Avenue and Sheppard Street area driving erratically, just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Police tried to stop the vehicle several times, but it drove off at a high speed, committing numerous traffic violations. 

A police spokesman said officers followed the vehicle with their lights on, but would not confirm that it was a pursuit.

The car then slammed into a vehicle at the intersection of Maberley Road and Mapleglen Drive, sending it into a nearby home, police said. 

Marilyn, who has asked that CBC not use her last name, was watching television around 10:30 p.m. when she heard a loud noise outside. 

"When I heard the crash, I knew it was a crash and then when I looked out my window I could see the lights and then the car hit the side of my house," she said. 

She said it was a frightening experience — the impact caused her china cabinet to topple over. 

"Just scared me," she said. "Really scared me…there have been several accidents here within the last little while, and there's cars all the time going like really fast, and there's a cross walk right there." 

A woman, 18, who was the passenger in the car of the alleged impaired driver, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the other vehicle, a 27-year-old man, is in stable condition.

The male suspect, 19, is also in stable condition and is facing several charges including impaired driving causing bodily harm, flight from a police officer and possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking.