CLEVELAND – Police are searching for the driver involved in a high-speed chase that ended with a car crashing into a house.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the house on Othello Avenue near East 140th Street.
Wickliffe police said the chase began when an officer tried to stop a Kia Soul for traveling outside marked lanes near Euclid Avenue and Bishop Road. According to a police report, the driver began to slow and then took off through several side streets. As additional officers joined the chase, the driver entered I-90 westbound. With speeds reaching 100 miles per hour, police said officers lost sight of the vehicle and called off the chase.
A short time later, Cleveland Police alerted Wickliffe that the car had crashed into the back of the home. Tracks showed the car first crossed an empty lot next door to the home, then crashed through a fence. According to a Wickliffe Police report, a witness reported someone at the scene saw a woman run from the car.
The homeowner told Fox 8 News he was sleeping at the time, and the car crashed into his pantry. He was uninjured. He said this is the second time a car has crashed into his home, and he has asked the city to install a guardrail.
Wickliffe Police said the car was a rental vehicle, and the person who rented it lent it to someone else. Police did not identify a suspect but said they’re testing DNA to try to find the driver.