Truck Vs House

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:41pm

Police chase comes to surprising end inside woman's living room.

A Florida man is behind bars after crashing a truck into a woman's living room.

Charlotte County deputies say the 36-year-old man was under the influence of cocaine when he crashed his pickup truck into Port Charlotte home Thursday.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly before 11:30 p.m. Thursday from a South Gulf Cove woman who said someone stole her pickup truck and that she was following it, giving dispatchers updates on her location, according to an incident report.

A deputy spotted both vehicles and tried to pull over the truck, but it didn't stop and kept traveling erratically at a slow speed.

The driver of the truck, later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Hollister Newell, appeared to aim for a boulder, struck it and then crashed into the front of a home, according to the deputy.

As deputies approached, Newell tried to exit the truck by kicking out the windshield, even though the side window was open.

When deputies pulled him out he became violent and uncooperative, prompting authorities to TASE him.

The woman who reported the incident arrived and discovered the driver was her husband.

He was taken to Peace River Regional Medical Center, where doctors determined cocaine was in his system.

He was released Friday morning and taken to the Charlotte County Jail.

Deputies found a syringe containing cocaine inside the truck according to the Sheriff's Office.

No one in the home was injured, but it sustained major damage.

Homeowner Deborah Santomauro and her sister Darneley Wendt say it was a night they will never forget.

"The truck came crashing through that window, knocked this sofa that was there into that sofa and pushed me into the dining room," said Wendt.

"I heard her scream and glass break," added Santomauro. "My whole living room was full of a truck and a palm tree!"
 

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