Man charged with a DUI after crashing through a home in Chattanooga
A Chattanooga family is dealing with the aftermath of a police chase, causing a pickup truck to plow through the side of their home off North Moore Road.
Channel 3 obtained a copy of the affidavit, saying the driver lead police on a chase going well over 100 m.p.h. in a 35 mile an hour zone.
"All of a sudden we heard something say boom," homeowner Portia Hammonds told Channel 3.
The word 'home' doesn't have the same ring it used to.
"Here is a white guy standing in our house saying hide me, hide me, hide me-- I'm not going to tell you what I said," recalled Hammonds.
At around 2:45 Saturday morning, a driver barreled through the side of their house landing in their garage.
"At about that time my husband said call 911 baby, call 911. I'm trying to call 911-- evidently it was a police chase," said Hammonds.
Chattanooga police say 27-year-old Nicholas Spurgeon took out a mailbox, a fence, and wooden shed before barreling through the home. Spurgeon was charged with a DUI.
"He was very drunk," Hammonds told Channel 3.
She says after the driver crashed into their home, he tried to walk around inside.
"So my husband just grabbed him like this and said you aren't going nowhere. About that time police drew their weapons and told him to come out the front door," said Hammonds.
Everything they had in the garage is gone.
"He destroyed my car, my husband's car, and as you can see we've got to get our house boarded up. We can't even stay in our house because the fumes are so bad," explained Hammonds.
Hammonds and her husband have lived in the home for 14 years.
"My little nephew's tricycle split in half, his little car bent down. He won't ever get to ride that again," said Hammonds.
She says it was a long day of picking up the pieces.
"We just trying to get it boarded up so we can at least go somewhere and take a shower because it's been a long day," Hammonds told Channel 3.
Besides the DUI charge, Nicholas Spurgeon is charged with reckless driving, due care, and failure to maintain lane.
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