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October 26, 2013

Car strikes Union Township house

NEW CASTLE — No injuries were reported after a car hit a house Thursday on McClelland Avenue in Union Township.

Demari L. Searcy, 20, of New Castle told Union Township police his brakes quit working as he was backing up on McClelland Avenue at 5:25 p.m. Thursday.

He said each time he applied the brakes the vehicle seemed to accelerate.

Police said the car, traveling in reverse, left the road, narrowly missed a utility pole, traveled through a lawn narrowly missing a light pole and ran across a driveway, missing a parked car.

Officers said the car passed between a second utility pole and its guide wire then struck the house of Darryl Quimby at 3052 McClelland Ave.

Police said neither Searcy nor his passenger, Devontae Rice, 21, of New Castle, reported injury.

However, the south side of the house and Searcy’s vehicle sustained major damage. The car damaged a side door, foundation work and the cellar steps on the house. The car sustained rear end damage.

Police said the homeowner witnessed the accident as he was getting into his own vehicle at the time.

The homeowner said he saw the car backing down McClelland Avenue at an apparent high speed.

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