Building crashed into during overnight drive

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A brick building recently defeated a car in game of chicken.

About 4:45 a.m. Aug. 29, police responded to an alarm at the Social Security office building, 3620 Biddle, only to find a green 2001 Ford Focus had crashed into it and been abandoned.

The car sustained heavy front-end damage after crashing into the northwest corner of the building. Both airbags had deployed, but no one was inside the car.

Additionally, there was no indication of any brakes or skid marks at the scene, but rather that the car had gone over the curb and grass area before crashing into the building.

The force of the crash caused both exterior and interior damage to the building’s brick wall while also puncturing a hole in it.

Officers observed a Big Boy restaurant hat inside the car between the seats, as well as several personal papers bearing the registered owner’s name and information. Police checked the area, but said any of occupants who may have been in the car the vehicle already had fled the scene.

Upon arrival at the address of the car’s 30-year-old owner, police spoke with his parents, who said he was not there, but that he did own a green Focus and did work at a Big Boy restaurant. The owner has prior alcohol violations on his record.

“The registered owner lives in Riverview and said his son had (the car) that night,” Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said, adding that the family has retained an attorney, and that police are attempting to speak with the 30-year-old son through the attorney.

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