UPDATE (11/2/2023): Police arrested Teigan J. Hunt of Fishers after identifying him as the driver who fled the scene after crashing into the Fishers home. Hunt faces several felony charges including criminal recklessness, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.
FISHERS, Ind. – A car crashed into a Fishers home late Thursday night after an officer attempted to make a traffic stop.
According to the Fishers Police Department, an officer tried to pull over a black Kia sedan at 11:27 p.m. after seeing it run a red light at E. 116th Street and Allisonville Road. The car also had a “false and fictitious” license plate, police said.
The driver initially stopped before taking off as the officer approached. The driver then turned off the vehicle’s lights and went into a neighborhood near Easy Street and Allisonville Road. The officer stopped the pursuit after losing sight of the Kia, but police began setting up a perimeter around the neighborhood.
A few minutes later, at 11:34 p.m., dispatchers received a call from a home in the 11000 block of Easy Street, with the caller reporting that a car had crashed into the home and injured someone.
The injured occupant was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said. Video from the scene showed significant damage to the home, with the Kia covered in debris.
FOX59/CBS4 spoke with the homeowner who was injured in the incident. He said he was inside his home watching the Cincinnati Reds game when he suddenly heard a loud sound.
“The next thing I know, I get up out of my chair and take one step and then boom,” said 79-year-old Joe Burnworth. “Something hit the house.”
Burnworth said he stood there in shock and in a daze confused by what had happened.
“It wasn’t a tree that fell,” he described. “There was a car right next to me.”
Burnworth said he immediately began yelling out to the driver once he realized a car crashed into his house.
“I thought, ‘Wow, somebody had a really bad accident.’ So I said, ‘Are you okay?’ And I heard a grunt,” he described.
Police believe the driver of the Kia ditched the car and ran off. Officers were unable to find the individual after searching the area. Burnworth said when he went outside to check on the driver, he was gone.
“The person that was driving made the choice to flee from police on what initially was just going to be a stop over running a red light and the license plate did not return to that vehicle,” said Maj. Mike Janes with Fishers Police.
Janes said police are still investigating.
“A part of the investigation process is trying to determine who is in possession of that vehicle,” Janes said. “Were they supposed to have been in possession of the vehicle? There’s certainly a lot of things we’ll be tracking down in the meantime.”
Burnworth was sent to the hospital after being injured from the crash. He is now trying to recover.
“I’ve got stitches on my forehead on both sides,” he described. “I’ve got body marks, blood marks and bruises all down my left side, which is where the car had come into the house.”
Burnworth said his left arm took the brunt of it though. He compared his arm to a “peeled potato.” He said if the skin does not heal, he may need skin grafts.
Though traumatizing, Burnworth and his wife were in good spirits on Friday afternoon as he continued to recover.
“I’m blessed that I didn’t have any more severe injuries,” he said. “And regardless of what happened to our home, regardless of what happened with this person who stole this car, I’m thankful this person wasn’t hurt or killed.”
Burnworth said he is most thankful to still be alive, especially after just losing a dear friend a few weeks ago.
“I think Garry, my friend who passed, was saying I’m not ready,” he said. “I’m not ready for you to come up here.”
Right now, police are still looking for the driver. Investigators are asking anyone who may know the driver or who may have information to call the Fishers Police Department.
Michael Van Schoik contributed to this report.