February 6, 2011 (El Cajon) – A parolee accused of stealing a car has been arrested after crashing the vehicle into the bedroom of a home at 627 Verdin Street in El Cajon shortly before dawn this morning. Thankfully the home's occupants were spared a rude awakening, since no one was sleeping in the bedroom that was struck.
According to Sgt. Craig Johnson with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a car theft in progress in the 17000 block of Rancho Cajon Place in the unincorporated area of El Cajon. As they arrived at the scene, the victim notified them that he last saw his vehicle, a 2005 Infinit FX35, heading northbound on Verdin Street.
Deputies found the vehicle, which had crashed into the south bedroom wall of a home on Verdin. Approximately half the vehicle had penetrated into the room.
Witnesses told deputies that the suspect was seen running northbound on the street. Deputies checked the area and found a suspect matching the description walking west on Madison Avenue near Macon Street, about two blocks from the collision. He had a minor injury reportedly caused by the accident.
Christopher Ronk, 20, was taken into custody without incident. He was discovered to be a parolee at large and was booked into San Diego Central Jail on auto theft and related charges.
El Cajon Police is conducting a separate investigation into the collision into the residence. El Cajon Fire notified building inspectors to determine if the house is habitable; that had not yet been determined at the time authorities notified ECM about this accident.