Car crashes into Manassas home, driver caught after fleeing on foot

Scene of car into home in Manassas. (Photo: Laura Arellano)

MANASSAS, Va. (WJLA) - Three people were injured when a car plowed into a home in Manassas Sunday morning. And the driver, who neighbors say smelled of alcohol, tried to escape on foot before a neighbor followed him and corralled him back toward arriving police.

Witnesses tell ABC7 that at about 5:45 a.m. a Dodge came speeding down Liberia Avenue, jumped the curb, tore across the front lawn, popped over a foundation, and crashed into Maria Arellano's basement.

Police tell neighbors the driver might have been going 80 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.
Laura Arellano says her 71-year-old mother is unhurt. But two family friends and their 14-year-old daughter were taken to the hospital.

The impact left the home on Bayberry Avenue partially collapsed.

“The car went completely into the house,” says Don Patalsky, a neighbor. "Never seen that before.”

“Then my mom said don't run away please, because we need information about you, but he's still running away,” Laura Arellano says.

“And he saw me, and he bolted, he absolutely bolted, he ran,” says a neighbor who wants to remain anonymous.

He says he followed the driver, who was looking for a place to hide.

“He was so disoriented in his running around. He ended up coming back towards where he had wrecked. I more or less ran him back toward the cops.”

The driver was taken into police custody.

Neighbors say ten years ago, another car hit the same house.