‘It was scary’
Car crashes into Sydney house while fleeing police
Heather Malcolm was sound asleep in the front room when she was awakened by a loud crash early Wednesday morning.
“I woke up when I heard a loud bang and then suddenly there were flashing lights and police everywhere — it was scary,” said Malcolm, who had been sleeping on a couch just a few feet away from the front of the Davenport Road house.
The noise that awoke Malcolm, her father Donald and several neighbours was that of a car smashing into the front of the house on the normally quiet Ashby neighbourhood street.
“It sure as hell woke me up — it’s not what you expect in the middle of the night,” said Donald, who spent part of Wednesday afternoon discussing the incident with neighbours and friends.
The crash was the culmination of a police chase that began at about 1:30 a.m. when a Cape Breton Regional Police patrol unit observed a car run a stop sign at the corner of Cape Breton and Inglis streets near Open Hearth Park in Sydney.
According to a police release, officers then saw the vehicle, identified as a Kia Sportage, speed up and run a second stop sign.
The suspect vehicle then came to a stop at the corner of Inglis and Prince streets, but pulled away when one officer approached on foot.
At this point, police initiated pursuit at a safe speed and distance and followed the vehicle on Mitchell Place, Prince Andrew Drive and George Street, where it attempted to elude police in the parking lot of the Sydney Curling Club.
With additional units now involved, the suspect vehicle then collided with two parked vehicles and a sign before exiting onto Townsend Street, then turned onto High Street and then Whitney Avenue before the chase ended with the crash on Davenport Road.
Brian Buis, who lives just down the block from the Malcolms, said it was obvious the car was moving at a high rate of speed when it smashed into a vehicle parked in the driveway before colliding with the front porch of the Malcolm home.
“It hit my truck and then it sounded like it accelerated — it went across the street and through the bush and into another vehicle that it spun around and then into the front of the house,” he said.
The police units that had been pursuing the suspect car were on the scene in seconds and immediately arrested two male occupants without incident.
Police say the driver showed signs of impairment.
The pair was then transported by EHS to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
The suspect vehicle was seized and charges are pending.
No third-party injuries were reported.
Meanwhile, the damaged stairs and porch leading into the Malcolms home has been carted away and insurance adjustors have visited the scene.
“At least nobody was hurt — the porch can be replaced,” said Donald.
His daughter Heather said she was very shaken by the early morning chaos and has barely slept a wink since the ordeal.
The police investigation was continuing as of Wednesday evening.
Donald Malcolm stands in front of his Davenport Road house that sustained damage after a vehicle on the run from police smashed into it early Wednesday morning.