Police Say Convicted Felon Fled After Driving SUV Into House


UPDATED: Tuesday November 27, 2012 7:46 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police were searching for a man who witnesses said never hit the brakes before he plowed through a southwest Columbus home on Monday.

Family members said that a young boy was sitting in the room that was struck just moments before a white SUV crashed into it.

According to Columbus fire officials, the vehicle crashed into the home, located in the 5200 block of Cherry Creek Parkway South.

The vehicle was completely embedded in the home.

Father Glen Kibbe said that he was so thankful his son, Jacob, was OK. He said that his mother was babysitting his son at their home.

“My mom had just said, ‘Jacob, it’s time for lunch,’ and he got up under the stairs, and the car came through, and my mom just rushed downstairs and picked him up,” Kibbe said.

Police said that the male driver and the female passenger of the vehicle were able to escape. The passenger stayed at the scene, but the driver, identified as 35-year-old Douglas Wayne Hart, ran away from the scene.

The woman in the vehicle told police that Hart is the boyfriend of a woman recently arrested in a theft ring out of Sunbury.

Sunbury police said that Hart fled in the same vehicle over the weekend. 

10TV News confirmed that the white vehicle that crashed into the home was registered to that woman, identified as Heather Johnston. Read more here.

According to court documents, Hart is wanted on a theft warrant out of Madison County.

He previously spent six years at the London Correctional Institute on aggravated robbery charges. Hart has theft charges dating back to 1996 in Franklin County.

Kibbe said that he hoped police would catch the man behind the wheel soon.

“I just hope that he realizes what he did, and it haunts him for the rest of his life,” Kibbe said.

Police said that Hart would face charges of driving with a suspended license, failure to control and hit-skip.

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