A dispute between two drivers led to a chase around North Lynbrook Monday evening that ended when one of the vehicles slammed into an occupied home on Whitehall Street.
The incident which involved a white Volkswagen Bug and white four-door Chrysler began blocks away at the site of an accident on Franklin Avenue in Valley Stream near the Sunoco gas station. A passenger inside the Bug said the driver of the Chrysler was trying to go around their vehicle but then eventually yielded. The situation escalated when both cars reached the stop light at Cornwell Avenue, where the driver of the Chrysler allegedly approached the Bug, and started banging on the window. The driver of the Volkswagen rolled down his window and the two men exchanged words. When the light turned green, the Volkswagen pulled over to the side of the road to let the Chrysler pass him, but as the driver was doing so he allegedly hurled a glass bottle at the rear windshield of the Bug, shattering the glass and denting the metal.
The Chrysler allegedly sped away but the Bug pursued it, while calling police, in order to get the license plate number. The chase went through the back streets of North Lynbrook. As both cars were coming down Kensington Road the Chrysler attempted to make a sharp left turn on Whitehall Street, an eyewitness told Patch, but the driver lost control of the car and slammed into a house on the corner.
The homeowner, a father of two, and his teenage son were both sitting in their living room at the time. The boy was on the couch with his back to a window that faces Whitehall. It was his father, who was sitting across from him, who looked outside and saw the car speeding toward them.
"I screamed his name, he runs and then it hits the wall," he said. "[The driver] didn't hit the breaks, he just hit the wall and that stopped him."
The wall that the car hit was a stone facade that juts out from the house.
"It saved him from hitting the window," the homeowner told Patch, and possibly causing more damage.
The driver of the Chrysler, who appeared to be in his late teens or twenties, was arrested at the scene and had his license revoked. The vehicle was impounded. He had a female passenger, who appeared to be around the same age, in the car with him. No injuries were reported.
Nassau County and Lynbrook Police both responded.