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Speeding driver hits two Woodbury homes

The Star Tribune reported that a speeding driver missed his turn in Woodbury on Friday, knocking down a light pole and utility box and then plowing into two townhouses, police said.
Police were called around 1:25 a.m. when neighborhood residents heard a sound like an explosion in the 700 block of Markgrafs Lake Drive, said Sgt. Curt Zacharias.
Police said the driver was moving east on Tamarack Drive when the accident occurred. After hitting a utility box and light pole, the driver smashed through the garage door of one unit, clipped a car inside that garage and then continued through a wall, finally coming to rest in the kitchen of an adjoining unit.
People were inside both townhouses, but no one was hurt.
Zacharias said both units had damages that "will cost a whole lot of money" to fix.
An ambulance brought the driver, a 27-year-old man, to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The man did not live in Woodbury, and police said they do not know why he was there.
They are investigating whether or not alcohol was a factor, Zacharias said.