Police: Driver of SUV crashes into porch

The driver of this stolen SUV took off running after he crashed into a porch at a home located near the intersection of Oxford and Winter.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The driver of a SUV hit the porch of a house and then took off running after police tried to pull him over Tuesday morning following a chase that reached 80 miles an hour.

According to a news release from the Fort Wayne Police Department, an officer in a marked squad car spotted a black Jeep Cherokee going east on Rudisill Boulevard just after 9:30 am that matched the description of a vehicle that had just been reported stolen. The officer turned his car around and the SUV sped up, so the officer turned on his lights and siren.

At one point, the officer estimates the SUV was traveling at 80 miles an hour and almost hit a pickup truck head-on. Eventually the SUV turned onto Winter Street going north, when it’s a one-way south road.  The driver lost control near 3300 Winter and hit the porch of a home located at 3314 Winter.

“I was upstairs with my baby and all of a sudden, I feel my house shaking. I was like, is it a earthquake,” said the woman living in the home.

The driver got out and took off running.  Officers were able to catch him rather quickly after a neighbor told them he was hiding in the porch of a home on Reed Street.

“I started crying because my baby was downstairs and thank God I grabbed him and took him upstairs,” she said.

He was taken to a hospital after he complained that his ankle was injured from the crash.

His identity has not yet been released although he was found to have an active warrant related to a violation of conditional release.

“Everything’s ok. We’re gonna be ok,” she said.

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