Their home in North Waco, Texas — which was dubbed the “Three Little Pigs” house during Season 3 of the popular HGTV series Fixer Upper — sustained a considerable amount of damage after a drunk driver crashed a car into the front of the house. Ken and Kelly Downs were sleeping in another room at the time, and they did not get hurt in the crash.
Local police and fire departments responded to a call at the residence at around 1:02 a.m on Saturday, July 8 and they found a Hyundai Accent stuck in the front of the home, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told the local paper, Waco-Tribune Herald. The driver, 31-year-old Allen Wayne Miller, was still in the car at the time.
“The yard is built up several feet, and he hit the embankment of the yard, apparently went airborne, and like a lot of older homes, this house was built up off the ground, so he cleared the rest of the yard,” Waco Assistant Fire Chief Don Yeager revealed. “He didn’t hurt the hedges, but he took out the railing on the porch and went right into the window of the front room and hit an interior wall that might be a load-bearing wall.”
Miller tried to get out and leave the scene, but firefighters helped detain him. He was later arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. After he was treated at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center for minor injuries, he was taken to McLennan County Jail and was released later that evening.
Even though Ken and Kelly have only lived in the home for a little more than a year after house hunting with Magnolia Realty — the company owned by the Fixer Upper stars — they said that this crash was just a culmination of a few annoyances that they’ve endured since moving into the neighborhood.
“It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street,” Kelly explained. “It’s been a problem from the beginning. We’ve lived here a year and a half and we feel deceived by the city of Waco and Magnolia Realty.”