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San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies investigate the scene of crash where a vehicle struck a residential home in Victorville on Wednesday evening. A deputy was conducting a traffic stop on Eto Camino Road near Village Drive when the driver fled at a high rate of speed and eventually lost control, striking the home at the intersection of Placida and Eto Camino roads.

Vehicle skids 237 feet into home

Authorities search for driver who fled scene

VICTORVILLE • The driver of a vehicle led deputies on a short pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a home in Victorville on Wednesday night. The man fled the scene and authorities were still searching for him Thursday.

“My father left to pick me up from work when the crash happened,” said Valerie Fernandez, daughter of the homeowner. “If he didn’t come to pick me up, he would have been killed. He would have been on the computer exactly where the car crashed into the home.”

A call came in to the sheriff’s department from a deputy at approximately 9:20 p.m. from the intersection of Blue Canyon Roach and Village Drive, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jodi Miller.

The deputy observed the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Eto Camino Road near Village Drive. The driver fled at a high rate of speed and eventually lost control, striking the home at the intersection of Placida and Eto Camino roads, according to deputies at the scene. Skid marks on the road were measured at 237 feet from the street to the house where the vehicle crashed, deputies said.

The car crashed through the garage and into the family room, according to Miller. However, no one was home at the time of the crash and no one was injured.

A female, who had been in the passenger seat of the car, was found inside the garage after the crash. She was not found to be a suspect in the case, and deputies did not take her into custody, according to Miller.

The male suspect who was driving the car fled after the crash and was still outstanding Thursday afternoon, Miller said, though a sheriff’s helicopter assisted in the search.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact sheriff’s dispatch at (760) 245-4211 or WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

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