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Exclusive: Suspected DUI driver says he was "buzzed, not drunk"

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The suspected drunk driver who drove his pickup truck into an apartment building, Monday night was treated in the hospital and released from jail Tuesday morning. 

He returned to the scene early Tuesday morning to check on his SUV and spoke with CBS News 8's Gene Kang. Residents in University Heights are very upset. 

The driver was going southbound when he hit a parked car then hit the building, ramming into an apartment.

It happened just before 8:00 p.m. Monday at the 4100 block of Texas Street.

The collision pushed a stove across the kitchen and damaged two rooms. There may be structural damage to the foundation, officials said. 

People who live in the building heard the impact and came outside. They say the driver was trying to back up and appeared to be intoxicated. 

CBS 8 spoke to the driver who was released from jail. He claims he was buzzed, not drunk and swerved to avoid another car. 

-- Gene: "Is there a lesson to be learned from all of this?"

-- Chris: "Definitely."

-- Gene: "And what is it?"

-- Chris: "Definitely don't drink and drive."

-- Gene: "Do you have something to say to the people who live in this apartment, they claim you were trying to pull out."

-- Chris: "I definitely apologize for anything I've done to cause any problems. Regardless of whether I had a drink or not before getting in the truck I probably would have the same thing happen."

The driver, who says his name is Chris, removed some possessions from his SUV for insurance. 

He also hit a blue car before ramming into the apartment. Police say he overcorrected and lost control. 

No one was home in the apartment unit that was hit and no one else was injured.

Utilities may be turned off to the apartment complex Tuesday morning and a tow truck driver will have to remove the SUV carefully, due to any possible structural damage to the foundation. 

The driver will most likely face a DUI charge. 

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