COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It was an unexpected wake up call for a family in Colonie Friday morning when a car came crashing through the front of their house.
Police say the driver was drunk and tried to run away. It happened around 2 a.m. on Nancy Theresa Terrace, just off Osborne Road in Colonie.
This is a dead end street. There are even signs posted to alert drivers. But Colonie Police tell NEWS10 the man behind the wheel was likely too drunk to notice and continued driving straight ahead, plowing into a home.
“It was such a big bang, I didn’t even really know what it was,” said Judy Carhart, Neighbor.”I looked outside my window and saw a bunch of cop cars in front of my house.”
Carhart stopped by on her way into work Friday to find out what all the commotion was about. That’s when she saw the front lawn torn up, shrubs yanked out at their roots and brick siding smashed into pieces.
Carhart was relieved to learn that the woman and her 14-year-old son who were sleeping inside at the time were unharmed. The homeowner didn’t want to talk on camera but tells me she went downstairs to find a white Chevy Cruze in her laundry room. The car was still running, but no one was inside.
That’s because police say the driver and his passenger took off down the street.
“I seen a male sitting on the grass and the cops surrounding him and the cops asking several questions to this fella regarding what happened down the street,” Carhart said.
It didn’t take long for police to find 31-year-old Shireem Johnson. Officers say he had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.
“He had his shirt off, had shorts on and I believe he had no shoes on,” said Carhart.
Now he’s facing a slew of charges including DWI, Fleeing the scene of a personal injury accident and driving without a license.
His passenger, who police say is actually the owner of the car, was taken to Albany Med to be treated for minor injuries.
The family says they’re just happy no one was seriously injured, especially knowing her son’s bedroom is just above the impact.
Now it’s a matter of putting the pieces together.