Juveniles crash car into house

A juvenile joy ride ended in destruction Saturday night in Newton.
A truck packed with five juveniles crashed into the left side of a Newton woman’s home. The accident left two of the passengers injured and a gaping hole in the residence. The juveniles' names were not released because of their ages.

Newton police say a patrolling officer spotted a 2007 Toyota truck pulling out of a shopping center on 20th Street at about 8:52 p.m. Saturday. After the truck full of minors noticed the police cruiser, authorities say the vehicle took off rapidly down 20th street.

The truck continued along 20th street until it reached a sharp left curve near the N. College Avenue overpass. The juvenile driver then lost control of the truck and took a hard right into the side of a residence at 317 E. 20th St.

The truck partially entered the home and tore a large hole in the residence’s brick exterior.

Two of the juvenile passengers were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The juvenile driver left the scene but was later located at the Catawba County Jail with his mother.

“He had fled the scene and gone home, but his mother brought him to the jail,” Newton Police Maj. Kevin Yarborough said.

No one was home at the time of the crash, but Martha May Harris, the property owner, and Charles Franklin Fisher, the home’s tenant, both suffered property loss, Yarborough said.

On Tuesday, a large hole in the left side of the house was covered by five 10-foot by 5-foot pieces of plywood. Four large, orange “X’s” and "Oct. 1, 2011" were painted on the wood.

The truck’s collision with the home also knocked over a large, metal antenna that formerly sat on the house’s roof.

Pieces of the gaping hole were still visible, and cracks in the home’s brick exterior extended along the walls.

Catawba County deemed the home unsafe for living, and the residence is currently surrounded by yellow caution tape.