This smashed car crashed into a Springfield house. Here’s what happened next.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was searching Wednesday for a man who crashed a car into a house early that morning.

The crash happened around 2:36 a.m. in the area of East Southern Avenue and Delta Road, according to a preliminary crash report by the state patrol.

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One of the units was on patrol in the city of Springfield and noticed a car might have been traveling over the speed limit, said Sgt. Merrill Thompson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield post said. The unit was able to catch up to the Buick Century at a traffic signal at Sunset and Selma.

“(The) car came to a stop in the intersection at the red light, which is very odd,” Thompson said. “Once the light turned green, the car immediately took off at a high rate of speed, floored the gas and took off.”

The car later approached the intersection of Delta Road and Rice Street where there is a stop sign. The trooper assumed the vehicle wasn’t going to make a stop and decided to not chase, Thompson said.

“The suspect vehicle went through the intersection. He saw some sparks, didn’t know if it was from the vehicle undercarriage hitting the ground or if he hit a parked car and lost sight of the vehicle,” Thompson said.

The unit stopped in the area to see if there was a crash and moved on once he noticed the area was clear. He then approached Delta Road and East Southern Avenue.

“After checking the area, the unit was flagged down by the homeowner saying that a car had actually gone off the roadway and struck her house,” Thompson said.

The driver fled the scene on foot. Next door neighbor Linda Clark said the homeowner threw a table at the suspect. That is when he dropped a silver and gray semi-automatic pistol.

She is surprised the suspect was able to walk away from the crash. The suspect did run through her backyard and broke a fence of another neighbor, she said.

“We do know who the car is registered to,” Thompson said Wednesday afternoon. “We spoke to that owner. He is stating he sold that car about a month ago,” Thompson said.

“However it has not been titled in a new owner’s name and the license plates for the previous owner are still on that vehicle. We are talking to that owner. He is doing some work himself to find any type of paperwork or a name of a person that he sold it too.”

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