ARIZONA (CBSDFW.COM) – A very sticky situation for a driver in Arizona who amazingly escaped injury after going off the roadway and having his car’s windshield impaled by a saguaro cactus.

According to authorities, the accident happened July 10 in Pima County. Officials say the driver hit the cactus when his car crossed a median.

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Pima County Sheriff’s Department)

The broken cactus, which was more than a foot in diameter, ended up partially inside the car, with several feet of it protruding out over the hood.

A Facebook post from the Sheriff’ Department said, “The driver, who appeared disoriented, sustained minor injuries, and was later detained after deputies observed possible signs and symptoms associated with impairment.”

(credit:
Pima County Sheriff’s Department)

The 39-year-old driver was later arrested and charged with DUI and criminal damage.

Saguaro cacti, which can grow to over 40 feet tall, are a protected native plant with laws regarding their movement, treatment, and destruction.

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