Man Drives Through Yards, Home, Deck Before Stripping, Fleeing: Police

What to Know

  • Long Island police say a man crashed through yards, a deck and a house, collapsing a pool and flooding the home
  • After the disastrous crash, the man allegedly ripped off his clothing and fled responding officers
  • The man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, reckless endangerment and other crimes

Authorities on Long Island say a man drove through yards and a home before crashing into a deck, ripping off his clothes and fleeing police. 

The chaos unfolded on the South Shore Thursday night. 

Officers arrived at a home on Ridgewood Drive in Shirley around 11:30 p.m. to find a collapsed pool and a flooded home with John Winn’s blue 1998 Ford sticking out of it, according to Suffolk County police. 

The 32-year-old allegedly lost control of his car before he drove onto two lawns and crashed through several fences before slamming into a deck. His car ricocheted off the deck and hurtled into the home. 

The home was occupied at the time; no one was injured. 

The force of Winn’s vehicle caused the deck to crumble into a pool, which caused the pool to collapse, flooding the home. 

After crashing into the home, he took off his clothes and ran away, according to police. He was caught by officers a short time later. 

He was taken to Brookhaven Medical Center in East Patchogue for evaluation. 

Winn was later arrested on charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless endangerment in the second degree and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. 

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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