PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Officers are investigating after a driver in an SUV crashed into a home-based daycare facility in southeast Portland Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred at Happy Angels Daycare near Southeast 155th Avenue and Alder Street. No one inside the home or the SUV were hurt, according to Portland police.

The driver, Jose Antonio Calixto Caras, 28, was arrested after the crash. He is facing charges including DUII - alcohol, driving while suspended or revoked, reckless driving, and 18 counts of reckless endangerment. 

The crash caused damage to the daycare's play structure and deck. Daycare staff say kids were sleeping inside the home when the crash occurred near a window.  

FOX 12 Friday night spoke with a man who says he heard the crash down the street and came running to help. 

"I heard a car coming down the road really fast, he slams on the brakes, he doesn't make the corner," Keith Waller, a neighbor, said.

Waller says he heard kids screaming and thought they were under the car, so he rushed over to make sure everyone was okay. He says the driver was smiling and trying to get away.

Daycare employees say they're thankful for the neighborhood looking out for them and that no one was hurt, as the SUV came only feet from crashing through their window.

Investigators were on scene late Friday afternoon.

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Did they say he was legal, or is he just another trespasser.

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