Teen was sleeping feet away from crash site
Man woke up, thought his house was falling down
A high-speed police chase began on I-275, after a man stole a car from Dayton, Ky., and drove to Union Township, crashing into the bedroom of a home.
A man crashed a stolen vehicle into a Clermont County home April 17, 2014. Photo by WCPO's Christian Hauser.
UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A high-speed police chase began on I-275 after a man stole a car from Dayton, Ky., and drove to Union Township, crashing into the bedroom of a home.
A man was sleeping in a bedroom of the home at Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road and Ross Lane when the crash happened. The impact broke the home's cinderblocks and caused the ceiling to cave in, which shocked 19-year-old Anthony Ratliff to the point he didn't even notice the car.
"I woke up and I thought the damn house was falling down," Ratliff said. "I ran upstairs and I came back down and I seen the car, then I was like, 'why the hell's there a car there?'"
In the meantime, the suspect had gotten out of the car and was running around the house. Ratliff saw him in the hallway.
"I didn't know who it was at first," Ratliff said. "I was like, 'who are you?' and he like, went passed me and went into mom and dad's bedroom and broke out the window, and I guess hopped out of that."
Police arrested 31-year-old Odis Arnold a couple blocks away, after a man on his way to class saw him hiding in a truck bed.
He's charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing police, wanton endangerment and driving with a suspended license.
He was arraigned Friday and given a $50,000 bond.
The landlord of the home, Ken Shelton, learned of the incident while watching the Thursday morning news.
"Watching channel nine this morning, getting the kids ready for the bus, Chopper 9 comes on, and they're showing our house on the news with a car stuck in the side of it," Shelton said.
He raced to his property.
Shelton said Arnold was driving so fast the car went airborne. He said there were no tracks for about 20 feet before the crash site.
No one was seriously hurt, but Shelton could tell the damage was significant - between $10,000 - $15,000.
"It was basically like a bomb went off on the exterior wall," he said. "It blew concrete blocks completely across the basement, knocking parts of the furnace off, all the way to the far side of the basement."