Driver crashes into police patrol car then hit house

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A driver is fighting for his life Monday morning after police said he crashed into a house just after hitting one of their patrol cars.

The big question is why.

Why did a man take off from police and crash into a home nearly killing the person inside?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers said they noticed a man sitting in a Cadillac in a darkened motel parking lot off Queen City Road at 2am.  Wanting to find out what he was doing, a couple of officers approached him to see what he was up to.

That's when the suspect did something no one saw coming.

Police said the driver punched the gas trying to get away.  He hit the rear quarter panel of a police cruiser on his way out of the parking lot.

None of the officers were injured.

The CMPD says he then drove down Tuckeseegee Road at break neck speeds, and lost control at Forestbrook Drive, crashing into a house in the 2500 block.

The impact was so great, the car bounced off the brick frame of the home, and came to rest 30 feet away.

Fire rescue crews were called in to try to pry the man out of his car, which took the better part of 20 minutes.

A woman inside of the home that was hit, tells our crews on the scene she was in the bedroom that took the brunt of the crash.  She was actually trapped in her room until firefighters could kick down the door and rescue her.

The suspect was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center. Police on the scene said he was in dire condition.

Investigators from the police HITS unit were called out to take measurements and talk to witnesses about the crash.  Tuckeseegee Road was shut down for hours.

The home was so heavily damaged, it was condemned by the fire department.  When asked if the Red Cross was going to be called in to help the family, we were told no.

Because this situation was not considered an "Act of God", Red Cross officials weren't sent to the scene, so the homeowner had to find another place to stay on her own.

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