Driver Accused of Intentionally Ramming Van Into Long Island House

Friday, Jun 13, 2014  |  Updated 7:57 AM EDT
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Driver Crashes Into House on Purpose: Police

NBC 4 New York

A 49-year-old man has been accused of intentionally ramming his minivan into a Long Island house and a nearby detached garage, causing extensive damage to both, police say.

Police say that the Ronkonkoma man plowed into the garage at an address on East Walnut Street in Central Islip at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, damaging the door. The driver then slammed into the occupied house, causing a wall to collapse, before leaving the scene.

No one inside the house was injured.

A witness at the scene said the driver left after hitting the garage, but returned 15 minutes later to hit the house.

Officers arrested the man at his home Thursday afternoon. He is charged with second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree reckless endangerment.

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