Ru­n­away car ends up in back­yard

Owner un­sure how un­oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cle moved on its own

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » A ru­n­away car turned some heads May 30 as it rolled down a hill and into the back steps of a home.

While po­lice at the scene said they could not pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent, the car’s owner, James Rodgers, 83, of Grant Street, said he wasn’t sure what ex­actly hap­pened to cause his Mer­cury Sable to roll down the street un­manned at around 3:30 p.m. May 30.

“I went out and tried to start it. I used it ear­lier to­day but I tried to start it and it wouldn’t start. The key wouldn’t un­lock,” said Rodgers. “It was in park but I couldn’t get it out.”

When Rodgers couldn’t get the ve­hi­cle to start, he de­cided to use his truck to run er­rands in­stead. Af­ter fin­ish­ing up one of his er­rands, Rodgers said he re­ceived a call from his wife who told him the car had “run away.”

“It drifted straight down the street and into that house,” said Rodgers.

While the ve­hi­cle didn’t strike any­thing else on the way down the street, Rodgers said the car even­tu­ally hit the back steps of a home fur­ther down Grant Street. It came to a rest in the back­yard of the home.

The ve­hi­cle was towed from the scene by Douglassville Auto Body.


A ve­hi­cle ended up in the back­yard of a home on the 300 block of Grant Street May 30 af­ter the owner said he couldn’t get it to start ear­lier in the day.

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