Homeowner jolted when police car crashes into house

July 31, 2000|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Frances J. Williams nursed her aching hip yesterday and tried to make sense of an accident that ended with a Baltimore police cruiser lodged beneath her porch.

Williams, who lives in the 3800 block of Sequoia Ave., was watching television in her second-floor bedroom with her two grandchildren around 10 p.m. Saturday when the accident occurred.

"There was this loud noise and the house shook," Williams said yesterday. "I fell on the floor, and I couldn't get up."

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police department spokesman, said Officer Albert Lemon was responding to a call when he hit a car driven by Vernon Bailey, 62.

"The officer was responding to a call for an aggravated assault involving a knife," Rowe said yesterday. "He was traveling near Ayrdale Avenue and Sequoia Avenue when he struck the car."

Lemon's cruiser then careened into William's porch. Rowe said there were no major injuries and Lemon - who had to be pried from the car - was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was evaluated and released early yesterday morning.

Williams, who has lived in her home for 38 years, said that immediately after the accident, she sent her 13-year-old granddaughter downstairs to turn off the house alarm.

"I told her not to open the door for anyone but the police," Williams said. "When the police arrived, they came in and got me up off the floor. When I got downstairs all I saw was a police car under my porch."

Remnants of the destruction remained yesterday at Williams' home. The porch is damaged and gone is the bush that had grown to 3 feet since she bought it 35 years ago at Sears for a little more than $3.

Williams said she was still in pain after landing on a hip she had previously injured.

"I am going to go to the hospital today," Williams said. "I didn't go last night because I had the children here, and my house was open with the lights on."

Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

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