SAN ANTONIO — Police have detained a burglary suspect who allegedly crashed his vehicle into a southwest-side home Monday night.
No injuries were reported.
Officers responded to the 5900 block of Mariner Street near Old Pearsall Road around 11:35 p.m., where San Antonio Police Department officials said the driver was speeding when he lost control, drove through a dry creek bed, barreled through a shed and finally crashed into the house.
The shed suffered heavy damage while the home suffered only minor damage.
“It sounded like an explosion, and then like the house shook,” said Diana Mosqueda.
She says she heard screeching tires followed by a loud boom as the pickup truck plowed through wooden barriers and smashed into the side of her parents’ house.
Mosqueda says the shed was their saving grace. Even with it taking the brunt of the force, the truck still caved in a wall.
Inside the home, large cracks formed right beside her brother’s bed. Mosqueda is thankful the roof didn’t collapse.
“(My brother and I) checked on my mother and then came outside,” she said. “We saw that the guy was trying to go in reverse.”
Mosqueda says they asked if the driver was OK, at which point he reportedly told her he "didn’t want to go to jail because he has children." That’s when she says the driver took off running.
A group of neighbors, who had been gathering around the scene, chased him down.
Police arrested the man and searched his truck. Authorities say he was wanted for a recent burglary, but officials did not say if police were pursing him before he crashed into the home.
Diana is relieved the damage was only structural.
“Thank God nothing happened (to my family),” she said.
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