A police chase in Connecticut early this morning ended with a SUV crashing into a house landing on top of the homeowner.
The incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. in New Haven at Winchester Avenue and Webster Street.
According to the police report, Hamden police officers were attempting to pull over a BMW X5 during a routine traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. near Dix and Arch streets, when the driver of the luxury vehicle sped up and led officers on a high speed chase throughout the city. The driver then entered Southern Connecticut State University campus area in New Haven then into the Newhallville area.
Officer had placed stop-sticks in the road to blow out the tires but the driver swerved to avoid them veering toward an officer.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, then lost control of his vehicle and drove into a house at 91 Winchester Avenue landing on 34-year-old Michael Sweat, who was asleep in his bed.
It took firefighters about an hour to remove Sweat, who suffered second and third-degree burns to the lower part of his body, from under the vehicle.
Doctors at The Hospital of St. Raphael say Sweat will survive his injuries.
Police did not say whether they were able to apprehend the driver of the SUV.
Reports say New Haven police had refused to join Hamden officers in the chase.
The incident is being investigation.