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Docs: Driver admits to being high when he hit kids playing on porch in East Bakersfield

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 03:34:33-04

Court documents are revealing new details about the man accused of crashing a car into a porch where two kids were playing in East Bakersfield. 

Police say 21-year-old Francisco Padilla was behind the wheel of a car when it veered off of Brown Street back in June, and crashed through a fence before it collided with a home. Two children were playing on the porch of that home with their grandmother. A one-year-old and the grandmother had minor injuries while a six-year-old was trapped beneath the car suffering major burns. 

Court documents are now revealing that when Padilla was questioned by police he admitted to being high on methamphetamine and that he did not know how to drive a car in the first place.

Documents say Padilla told officers he had smoked a gram of meth with his "homies" before the crash. Telling officers, "I heard screaming and I ran because I was scared. I don't know how to drive. It's my first time driving."  Padilla says he was driving when he "accidently tugged the wheel to the left," causing the accident.

Police say Padilla, took off from the scene of the accident. Documents say that while police were looking for Padilla, witnesses flagged them down and pointed him out. They say he stopped when police confronted him. 

Padilla is due in court on August 9. He is charged with driving under the influence, hit and run causing injury, car theft, and drug charges.