Police Chase Ends in Living Room and a Big Hole

Hollywood resident Teresa Alvarado was startled by a series of deafening booms on Friday night that ended up with a police cruiser crashing into the side of her home.

Police were responding to a burglary call in the area of 5010 Johnson Street at around 8:00 p.m., when the officer responding to the call and the driver of a BMW were involved in the accident. Yaileen DeLaRosa, age 11, was inside the residence at the time of the crash. She initially thought the loud noise was “a bomb.” What happened was that the police cruiser had crashed into the living room of the house.

Investigators said the police officer had his cruiser’s lights and sirens on at the time of the collision. It remains unclear which driver was at fault in the crash.

Witnesses say the officer who was in the car came away from his vehicle then immediately lay down on the grass. Other officers came to help their downed comrade. Later they took him on a stretcher and to Memorial Regional Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The woman who was driving the BMW was also transported to the hospital.

Police are now investigating to see if there may have been a third vehicle involved in the crash. Authorities also state that both drivers are currently out of the hospital and are expected to fully recover.

High-speed driving and police pursuits can be extremely dangerous not just to the people being pursued but to innocents who might be in the wrong place at the wrong time. When emergency vehicles are rushing to or from an accident or in pursuit of someone trying to evade law enforcement, high speed chases like this can lead to serious accidents. Accidents like these can involve property damage, serious personal injuries or even death as a result. Officers of the law, the suspects being pursued in the chase, and unsuspecting civilians can be hurt as a result of a high-speed chase gone wrong.

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