LOCHEARN, Md. (WJZ) — A rude wake-up call, police believe that a driver was intentionally looking to get into an accident when he caused another car to slam into a home in Lochearn early Wednesday morning.
The sedan was nestled in Arthur Riley’s home off of Wildwood and Patterson Ave.
“I heard it,” said Riley. “It sounded like a lot of noise, like I said, a lot of noise.”
By sundown, WJZ had gotten a closer look at the extensive damage inside of the home.
Plywood and plastic sheets covered the roughly 3-by-5-foot hole leading into Riley’s basement.
Riley was told by his insurance company that they wouldn’t cover the repairs.
The chain of events leading up to the bizarre scene, police said, began just before 8 a.m.
Authorities said that a driver had intentionally crashed into a car, causing a chain reaction of crashes that put the car nearly in Riley’s basement.
“You don’t expect to come outside and see a car parked in your basement because you’re half asleep,” said Riley. “You’re trying to wake up from the night before.”
In total, 3 cars were involved according to investigators.
Two people, a man and an infant, were taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The car seat was still on the scene.
Riley says that, apart from being shaken up by the ordeal, he and his wife are fine.
“Yeah, I’m fine,” said Riley. “You know, it could be worse.”
Police said that the driver who caused the crash took off but was later found and arrested.
In the midst of repairs, Riley was left hoping that someone would step up and take responsibility for the damage.
In the meantime, he’s keeping a positive outlook.