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Car traveling at high speed crashes into home

While neighbors stood and watched, Fort Wayne fire crews carefully dismantled an older white Chevrolet Camaro that had been buried trunk-first into a porch at the corner of Drexel Avenue and Holton Street late Monday night after a police chase.

The Fort Wayne Police Department Gang Unit had attempted a traffic stop on the 1995 Camaro in the area of Holton and Fisher streets at about 9:35 p.m. for a speeding violation, according to a news release issued early this morning.

The Camaro was reported to initially slow and pull over as though it was preparing to stop, the release said, but the vehicle proceeded at a high rate of speed from officers traveling south on Holton Street.

The vehicle continued south on Holton, where the driver lost control and traveled off the roadway and impacted a utility pole in the 3200 block of Holton Street, sheering the pole in half, the release said.

"The vehicle continued out of control and eventually impacted the front porch of a home at the northwest corner of Holton and Drexel streets," the release said.

Neighbors interviewed at the scene said the house was unoccupied. But the porch was torn away, bringing its roof down onto the car, trapping one of the two male occupants inside. That person had to be extricated.

Both occupants were transported to a local hospital and were listed in serious, but stable condition, the news release said.

As paramedics took the passenger of the car to an area hospital, utility crews dealt with downed lines and firefighters made the vehicle safe for a tow. A police car followed the ambulance as it pulled away.

FBI officials confirmed that the Safe Streets Task Force was conducting investigative activity in the area, along with the Fort Wayne Police Department Gang Unit.