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Suspected drunk driver crashes into New Brighton pool

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Neighbors in New Brighton are wondering why a suspected drunk driver remains free after a car tore through several backyards, a day care provider's playground, and crashed into a pool on Sept. 10.

A number of yards in the community were torn up by the driver, and residents are looking for answers.

Tessie Rodkewich is a mother of four and provides day care for 14 children -- but none of the kids can play outside right now due to the damage and car parts strewn about.

"It was so loud, it just shook the house," she recalled.

For over a week now, she's been wondering why the driver responsible isn't in jail -- or at least paying for the damage the crash left behind.

"He went through the retainer wall," Rodkewich explained.

Her neighbor next door had to replace a shed as a result of the crash.

"He had to be under the influence -- a lot -- to go through this," Shirley Olander said. "He had to be."

According to Rodkewich, the pool in her other neighbor's yard is where the SUV ended up.

"He got out of the car, fell into the pool, got back in the car, tried to go," she recalled.

Rodkewich's allegations are backed up by a Department of Public Safety accident report that names Kirk Anthony Bonner III as the driver of the Ford Explorer that damaged the pool. Rodkewich said that damage alone will cost $50,000 for the owner.

"We're innocent people," Olander said. "We did nothing and we have to pay the consequences."

FOX 9 News stopped by Bonner's apartment, but his roommate said he was at work. Following a tip from his Facebook photo, FOX 9 also tried to visit his colleagues at Radio Shack to try to get his side of the story. In the end, he did not return any messages. On Sept. 12, Bonner did ask for help finding a lawyer because he crashed his car into a pool.

As for why he is not in jail or in custody, New Brighton police are waiting on blood test results, and it could take up to a month before those results are in.

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