Man Steals Car, Hits Curb and Lands on a Roof

Residents in Fresno, California were stunned when they heard a ‘thud’ on the roof of their apartment at 1.30 a.m.  Then, they looked outside a saw a car parked there. Unfortunately for the residents, it was not Santa Claus. The driver, who police say stole the car from a nearby house, was speeding in foggy conditions, hit the curb and some rocks, launching the vehicle 20 feet into the air.

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After going airbourne, the car somehow landed on the sloped roof of the apartment building, where it came to a standstill.

“I thought it was an earthquake. I heard the house moving,” Jeanell Ricks, who was inside the apartment, reported to CBS news.

Police said the 25-year-old suspect, Benjamin Tucker, jumped from the roof and broke his leg. CBS news is reporting he was found and arrested at his ex-girlfriend’s house a quarter of a mile away.  He apparently stole the car from the woman’s house just minutes earlier.

Mr. Tucker was then taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspect already has two outstanding warrants for his arrest, faces charges including hit-and-run and running away from an officer.   Police say they are investigating whether drugs or alcohol are involved with what he stole.

By: South Carolina Accident Attorney Pete Strom