A Victoria man was arrested early Monday morning after he crashed his car into an Esquimalt home and attempted to flee the scene.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning, VicPD received a call of a vehicle crashing into a house in the 900-block of McCaskill Street.
According to the homeowner, Mary Morris, the crash shook the house which first made her believe an earthquake was rumbling through the area.
“It was so loud and went on for several seconds that I thought it was an earthquake,” Morris told Victoria Buzz.
“As the crash sound stopped I looked out my bedroom window and saw a man jumping the fence out of my front yard. I thought he was trying to break in and yelled at him to ‘stop thief!'”
“However he did not stop and ran in the direction of the street.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle still running on the front lawn, but no driver in sight.
Officers then swarmed the area and located the driver a short distance away from the scene.
Police describe the incident as causing “significant damage to the yard” and minor damage to the home itself.
“Thankfully, nobody was injured inside the residence,” said VicPD in a statement.
“It was a first,” said Morris.
“I open my front door to chase off a burglar only there is a crashed car on my doorstep blocking my way.”
Police say that while the investigation is still in its early stages, impairment is believed to have contributed to the crash.
Anyone who may have information on the crash is asked to contact Victoria Police at 250-995-7654.
Check out photos of the crash below: