ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — Police in Beaver County say they are searching for the person who was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle that crashed into a home overnight.
The incident happened around 1:45 a.m. on 21st Street in Aliquippa.
Officials say the SUV came flying down Admiral Street, tried to make a right and ended up slamming into the corner of a garage.
Bricks fell onto the Ford Explorer, and the structure buckled. Tire tracks show the path of the vehicle, which just missed the home next door.
“The vehicle was found with both airbags deployed, the keys in the ignition and the vehicle still in drive,” said Assistant Chief Don Couch, of Aliquippa Police.
After police managed to shut the vehicle off, which became lodged into the side of the garage, essentially holding the roof up, they thought they heard someone or something in the woods.
That is where they believe the driver of the SUV may have headed.
Authorities say the SUV was stolen from an area nearby.
“The owner of the vehicle was notified,” said Assistant Chief Couch. “Apparently, he left the vehicle in his driveway unlocked with the keys still in it.”
And it wasn’t the only car stolen or pilfered in Wednesday night in Aliquippa.
“We have another report of a vehicle, approximately a block away, that had been gone through,” he added. “A wallet and identification stolen out of it; again the vehicle was left unlocked. We encourage folks to lock their vehicles.”
A relative of the homeowner who didn’t want appear on camera says about $25,000 in damage was done to the structure. Meanwhile, the search for the person who stole the SUV continues.