HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police have made an arrest in connection to a high speed chase that ended when an SUV crashed into a home and the driver fled on foot.
It happened just after 5:00 p.m. at a home near the intersection of Moss Road and Pulaski Pike Monday.
Police say officers tried to pull over the driver of a Chevrolet TrailBlazer for a minor traffic stop, but they say the driver sped off, leading them on a chase up Pulaski Pike.
The SUV then rear-ended another car before spinning around and crashing into 2913 Moss Road.
“He ran into a car right and the witness said he punched it and he was turning the wheel and he drove straight into the garage and then he got out and took off running,” said homeowner Jay Stephens.
Police say they brought in a K-9 unit to search the area, but were not able to find the driver.
The next day, police arrested Jonathon McClain Crawford and charged him with manufacturing a controlled substance 2nd degree and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection to this case.
The passenger inside the SUV was taken to Huntsville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.
As for the house, Stephens put it up for sale less than a month ago.
He was working nearby when he got the call from his business partner that someone had crashed in the recently remodeled home.
“She said somebody ran into the garage and I figured it was just somebody looking at the house and let the foot off the brake,” said Stephens. “I was working right down the street, when I came up here all the traffic was stopped.”
The house was unoccupied, but Stephens says he has just held an open house there a couple of weeks ago.
His company, JS2 Properties, did not have any insurance on the house because they paid cash.
Stephens says most the damage seemed to be in the garage, but it will still be costly to fix.
“We’ll probably still spend about $2,000 to $3,000 fixing it,” said Stephens.
He expects the repairs to take a couple of days to complete.
He hopes to have the house ready for any potential buyers by next week.
“We were done and now we’re not,” said Stephens.