Man accused of smashing car into home charged with attempted murder

Witnesses say car was moving at 40 mph when it crashed through wall

ST. AUGUSTINE SHORES, Fla. – A 58-year-old man accused of smashing his car into a home when he tried to run someone down Sunday afternoon is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, St. Johns County deputies said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Darrin Touchton accelerated his car toward a man who was at a home on Solo Court, leaving a gaping hole in the front of the St. Augustine Shores house.

Witnesses said three people were in the front yard trimming trees when the car missed them by just a few feet.

The impact of the crash left concrete blocks in the living room and debris scattered across the yard. The damage was estimated at $50,000.

Touchton was charged with attempted premeditated murder, three counts of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license.

According to the arrest report, Touchton said he purposefully drove his car into the house in an attempt to kill himself and a man he was jealous of, who was living in the home with Touchton's former significant other.

Brian Kraft lives a few houses down the street and was out helping his neighbors with some yard work when Touchton came speeding toward them.

"If he would have went on that side of the pole, he would have killed three people. He didn’t say nothing. All I told him was, 'Do not get out of the car,' and he never said a word until the cops showed up," Kraft said.

Touchton is under guard at Flagler Hospital, where he is being treated for injuries.

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