Suspect in Arizona DUII arrested after impaling his car on a cactus

An Arizona man sustained minor injuries after crashing into a towering saguaro cactus.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 11:28 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2019 11:29 AM

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. — An Arizona man suspected of driving drunk landed in custody after driving his car into a massive cactus, impaling the windshield of his car.

Deputies in Pima County, Arizona said they responded on the morning of July 10 after a report that a driver had crossed the median and "struck a saguaro cactus."

"Once on scene they located the vehicle with a large section of cactus through the windshield," the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said that the driver appeared "disoriented" and received minor injuries in the cactus crash. The driver was identified as 39-year-old Kai Scott, and was later detained after showing possible signs of impairment.

Scott was charged with a DUI and criminal damage.

The saguaro cactus is protected by law in Arizona as a native plant, and cannot be destroyed or removed except by a landowner who has applied for a permit from the state.

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