Suspected drunken driver smashes dozens of parked cars

Residents of several Castor Gardens blocks awoke to find their vehicles smashed.

Dozens of Northeast vehicle owners awoke on Aug. 27 to learn a suspected drunken driver had turned their typically quiet residential streets into a demolition derby.

Bispo Alvair, 38, of the 7100 block of Oakland Street in Castor Gardens, allegedly used his own SUV to smash more than two dozen parked cars on several streets in his own neighborhood, according to police and witness accounts.

An account released by Philadelphia police states victims flagged down officers from the 2nd district on the 7000 block of Large Street just before 4 a.m. to report the damage. Alvair’s vehicle had become disabled after striking multiple vehicles in the area, the police report stated. Officers arrested him at the scene on suspicion of DUI. Authorities have not disclosed the results of blood testing of the suspect and did not specify the model of the suspect’s vehicle.

Multiple city news agencies reported victims said Alvair struck parked vehicles on the 1400 block of Devereaux Avenue and 6900 block of Kindred Street. At one point, Alvair’s vehicle lost a front wheel and caught fire, but he kept driving it, witnesses said.

Police did not disclose where Alvair’s journey had begun, but he made it within about two blocks of his home before his vehicle broke down. ••