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Australian Giles crashes into house, accused of DUI

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TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Daniel Gaunt of Australia hits an approach shot during round three of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 18, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)  - 

Nationwide Tour player Matthew Giles was arrested in Arizona on Monday and faces charges of felony criminal damage and extreme driving under the influence.

The 22-year-old Australian was driving his Ford Edge at a high speed in a neighborhood in the town of Gilbert, southeast of Phoenix. While attempting to make a turn to the left, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a single-family home.

The resulting damage severed a gas line, requiring the evacuation of several homes, according to Gilbert Police Department sergeant Bill Balafas.

'The car went through a wall in the house, with the front end of the car entering the home itself,' said Gilbert. 'It hit a gas line, causing a natural gas leak, and some local houses got evacuated for safety until the gas line was switched off.

'The driver submitted to field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence and criminal damage to property.  He is being charged with three counts of DUI to include extreme DUI, based on the high level of impairment observed during field sobriety tests. Blood was drawn to determine blood alcohol levels and should be available before the end of the month.'

No one in the affected home was injured, nor were Giles or his passenger.

Officers responding to the crash administered field sobriety tests which Giles failed. He was sent to a Maricopa County jail for the night.

The day prior to his arrest, Giles had finished 66th at the TPC Stonebrae Championship.