Police chase ends with crash into house

August 4, 2009 12:12:44 AM PDT
A wild police chase in Oakland started three teenagers and a carjacking and ended Monday afternoon with the driver plowing a stolen car into a neighborhood home.

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Oakland police were in hot pursuit when they say the driver lost control and the stolen car slammed into a house.

"It was really loud, it was loud and like shaking and then you hear the sirens," next door neighbor Camrynn Blair said.

Three male teenaged suspects, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old suffered serious injuries. Police say they carjacked a man with a shotgun around 3 p.m.

About 45 minutes later and just a half mile away from the carjacking, police spotted the Toyota Corolla and gave chase. The vehicle made a sharp turn, spun out of control, hit the curb, plowed through a fence and smashed into the house.

"One of the guys collapsed when they got him out of the car and two of the guys were really badly injured," Blair said.

Police say a shotgun used in the carjacking was found in the vehicle. The only resident of the home says he left the house just moments before the crash.

Police say they reached speeds up to 40 miles per hour, but Elbert Gay, who lives next door, says it does not take much to miss the turn. He says this is the fifth time there has been a crash in the area. In fact, he just rebuilt this fence last month.

"The other time, on this side of the fence, they knocked the fence down and ran into the house, so this is a bad spot," Gay said.

It was enough for Gay to install solid cement posts in front of his house. Each one is buried 3 feet in the ground.

All of the excitement proved to be too much for 72-year-old Gay; he collapsed shortly after being interviewed him. His wife says he is going to be OK.

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