ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A couple in Escondido received a rude awakening when an SUV slammed through the roof of their garage early Wednesday.
Police say the dark-colored BMW X1 SUV ran off the road around 12:30 a.m. and lodged in the garage of George Strother's home on the 1600 block of Hubbard Place.
Strother and his wife were asleep when the BMW crashed. They thought the commotion was an earthquake until police knocked on their door and they walked outside to see the damage.
“My wife thought it was an earthquake,” Strother said. “She was really freaked out.”
The driver fled from the scene and remains on the loose. Police are investigating the incident as a hit-and-run.
A tow truck had to remove both vehicles, which were covered in drywall and debris, and then pulled the BMW from the garage ceiling.
No one was injured. Two cars parked inside the garage were damaged.
“Our bedroom is at the extreme other end of the house, so we were out of range,” Strother said.
“We didn’t find any alcohol inside. No bottles. No blood. So we don’t think the person was hurt very much,” said Sgt. James Lanigan of the Escondido Police Department. “Based on the little bit of skid, they were probably going too fast around that turn.”
Neighbors said the upscale, residential community has a problem with people driving too fast.
Police ran the plates on the BMW and said it is registered to a dealership from Vista. Coincidentally, police were called to the same street again hours later, when they arrested someone in connection with a domestic violence dispute. Police did not say whether the two incidents might be related.