LUMBERTON — The Taylor family suffered a rude awakening on Wednesday.
As a result, Tim Taylor has a hole in the brick foundation of his East 11th Street house, but is glad his pregnant wife and their two children are not injured.
“I heard the screeching of the car, then I heard when it hit,” Taylor said Thursday while talking to a reporter. “I couldn’t believe it.”
The Taylors were sleeping when Lindsey, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child, heard a bang.
“He (Tim) threw me down to the ground,” Lindsey said. “It sounded like gunshots.”
Lindsey and Tim hunkered down until they received a call from a neighbor.
“I told them don’t come out. I don’t know what’s happened, someone plowed in the side of your house,” the woman, who did not want her named published, said.
She said before the 911 dispatcher answered the phone, the police were there.
“Two police cars pulled up in the yard,” she said. “I figured out the police were chasing him.”
The Lumberton Police Department had received information of a breaking and entering of a coin-operated machine located at IGA Fresh Foods on North Pine Street at about 10:40 p.m., according to Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker.
As officers arrived, they saw a man later identified as Mark Young, 44, of Burch Road in Lumberton, get into a red vehicle traveling down 11th Street. Once officers got behind Young, he sped off. Officers did not pursue, Parker said.
The vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, struck a light pole, then a home located in the 1500 block of East 11th Street, according to Parker.
The neighbor said the driver was obviously in a lot of pain; a female with him didn’t appear to be hurt.
“I saw him crawl out of the car,” she said. “He was grabbing his leg. He said, ‘Jesus please help me, Jesus, I need you, please.’”
The Taylors heard Young let out a yell.
“We heard this scream, then he was saying, ‘My leg is broken, my leg,’” Lindsey said.
Both driver and passenger were transported to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Parker said.
Young was cited for driving while impaired, speeding, driving with no operator’s license, failing to stop for a stop sign, equipment violation, failing to maintain lanes, fictitious tags, seat belt violation, careless and reckless driving, no vehicle inspection, and possession of stolen license plate, according to Parker. He said more charges are likely.
A city inspector arrived Thursday afternoon to access the damage and deemed the home safe to occupy.
The car hit the home so hard, it shifted the front steps by about two inches, and caused the banister to detach from the home. There is a hole in the brick foundation of the home.
The Taylors said their insurance company will send someone by today.
“My husband, he felt the house move,” Lindsey said. “I didn’t feel it.”
Tim said it could have been worst.
“Once we realized it wasn’t gunfire, I was relieved.” he said. “But then I saw there was a car sticking out of my house. Which was slightly better.”
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