Warr Acres family unhurt after pursuit ends in their home

A Bethany police chase Thursday ended with a car crashing into a house in Warr Acres and the driver arrested.
By ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Published: January 13, 2012

— Mary Zobisch, her daughter and two other adults were asleep early Thursday when a boom and a cloud of dust from a crumpled wall woke them up.

A car had landed in her kitchen, and particles of the wallboard were in the bed where her 24-year-old daughter was sleeping about 10 feet away.

The driver of the car had fled on foot by the time the residents of the house smelled the gasoline fumes and burning plastic.

A Bethany police officer who had been pursuing the car ran after the driver and arrested him nearby on complaints of eluding police, driving under the influence of alcohol and assault on a police officer, said Bethany police Lt. Chris Culbreath.

Police identified the driver as Mitchel Watan, 25.

The pursuit started when an officer saw a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville traveling about 70 mph on N Rockwell Avenue, police said. The car hit Zobisch's car in the driveway and went over the top of it before landing in the house. Zobisch said her car was heavily damaged.

Zobisch sat in the freezing cold front room of the house Thursday after sunrise, waiting for workers to board up the wall.

She said her daughter awoke to a loud boom about 3 a.m. and found herself in a haze of wallboard and brick mortar dust.


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