FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A brief police pursuit ended after a Camaro slammed into a house and sent the front porch crashing into the street.
Around 9:30 p.m., members of the FWPD Gang Unit attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle on Holton Avenue near Pontiac Street for speed, according to police spokesperson Officer Michael Joyner.
Joyner said the vehicle appeared to stop for police, but then took off at a high rate of speed south on Holton Avenue. Information on why the driver failed to stop for police was not available.
After about five blocks the vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the 3200 block, drove throw a grassy area, and slammed into the porch of a house at the northwest corner of Holton and Drexel Avenues. The bottom portion of the pole ended up about 100 feet away next to the house. The remaining part of the pole was left dangling in mid-air from connecting power lines.
The impact into the home detached the front porch and pushed it towards the street. The overhanging roof above the porch then collapsed onto the vehicle. The underside of the home, including the foundation and supporting beams could be seen where the porch was once attached.
Fort Wayne firefighters had to extricate one of the occupants from the car. The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Joyner said their injuries are not life-threatening.
“Quite frankly, they are lucky to have escaped very very serious, if not death, as a result of this impact,” Joyner told NewsChannel 15.
The home was unoccupied at the time of the crash.
Joyner said emergency personnel found a handgun inside the vehicle as the males were helped out of the vehicle. Joyner said investigators will look through the rest of the vehicle Tuesday for anything of interest for the investigation.
Joyner said the names and ages of the individuals involved were not immediately available.
Members of the FWPD FACT team were at the crash scene to investigate. Joyner said their role is standard with a crash involving a police pursuit.
“They are here because police were involved in a traffic stop,” Joyner said. “They will document the scene and circumstances surrounding the crash.”
The incident remains under investigation.
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