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Police pursuit ends with car on sleeping man

Brynn Gingras / NBC Connecticut

A man in New Haven was sleeping until a car crashed into his house and landed on top of him.

 

A Connecticut man woke up to a real-life nightmare early Tuesday morning when a car police were pursuing slammed into his apartment while he was sleeping and landed on top of him.

Just after 12:30 a.m., Hamden Police spotted a BMW wanted for motor vehicle violations and attempted to stop the driver.

Police pursued the car from Hamden to New Haven, through the Southern Connecticut State University campus and into the Newhallville section of New Haven.

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Hamden Police made several attempts to stop the fleeing BMW, police said, but the driver lost control, crashed through a first-floor apartment at 91 Winchester Ave. and fled.

Michael Sweat, 34, a tenant, was trapped beneath the car for more than an hour as rescuers attempted to free him.

Sweat was taken to the Hospital of St. Raphael with second- and third-degree burns to his lower body and is expected to recover.

New Haven police were not involved in the pursuit, but are searching for the driver of the BMW who fled the scene. State police are also assisting in the investigation.

New Haven emergency crews and the building inspector are expected to remain at the scene for several hours to remove the car from inside the apartment and to determine if the multifamily house is structurally sound.