A Drunk Driver Totally Crashed Into A Fixer Upper Home

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A house featured on the hit HGTV series Fixer Upper was totally hit by a drunk driver, and it did some considerable damage. Ken and Kelly Downs were sleeping in their renovated home in Waco, Texas when 31-year-old Allen Wayne Miller's car went airborne and collided into the home. Now, more details are coming out about the event, and the damage that was done to the renovated home.

The house, which was featured on Season 3 episode 12 of Fixer Upper, had damage done to an exterior wall as well as the interior wall of a front office. Witnesses first on the scene said Allen Wayne Miller went airborne and cleared the raised patio from the lawn on his way into the home. Once aware, witnesses say Miller attempted to start the car to exit the house and had to be restrained to attempt from fleeing the scene of the accident. The incident happened around 1:20 a.m. in the morning and Miller was arrested under the suspicion of drunk driving.

Both Ken and Kelly Downs are uninjured but have indicated to the Waco Tribune-Herald that they feel deceived by Magnolia reality, which is co-owned by Chip Gaines. The Downs say they've received threats in the past year from neighbors complaining about higher tax rates, and that crime has been an issue in the neighborhood. The Downs allege that Magnolia made no indication that the neighborhood was unsafe, and seem to partly hold them responsible for the situation.

This might be the reason why both Chip and Joanna Gaines have been silent about the misfortune of the Downs now a week removed from the incident. Neither host of Fixer Upper has issued a comment or referenced the event on their social media, and with allegations that their reality company deceived the homeowners regarding the safety of the location, it doesn't seem likely that they will. The issues with the neighborhood are apparently so bad for Ken and Kelly Downs that the couple hasn't decided whether they will repair the home or simply move out. While the Downs have taken aim at the Gaines for putting them in a less than desirable neighborhood, they also are pointing the finger at the city of Waco, Texas, for not doing enough to curb crime in the area. Waco police indicated that crime is not any higher or lower in the Downs neighborhood than any other part of the city.

Fixer Upper is currently airing episodes of Season 4 Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. Fans of Fixer Upper may be curious to read about how Joanna Gaines wants another baby, or how HGTV is bringing yet another House Hunters spinoff into its programming. Those more interested in the controversy of this latest situation may want to read about how this isn't the first time the Gaines family has found themselves at odds with someone in Waco. For more information regarding great summer programming, be sure to visit our summer premiere guide.

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