‘What in the world?!’ Car slammed into Waukesha home during police pursuit; man in custody

WAUKESHA -- A man was taken into custody following a police pursuit that ended in a crash early Saturday, Aug. 31. It was a near-miss for a Waukesha family, as the suspect vehicle ended up smashed into their home, coming to rest feet from the gas line.

FOX6 News found piles of broken bricks, tire tracks, and pieces of car parts littering the front yard of Gerardo Quintero's home on Madison Street in Waukesha.

Police said the driver of a vehicle being pursued tried to turn, but instead, careened over the curb and slammed into the side of the house.

"I was asleep," said Quintero. "My room is on the top. Oh my God! What happened?!"

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Car slammed into Waukesha home during police pursuit; man in custodyMost of Quintero's family was asleep. His daughter was at work.

"I saw that my mom texted me and was like, 'Look how we're hanging out tonight,'" said Odallis Quintero, Gerardo Quintero's daughter. "Finally got a moment to sit down at work, and looked at my phone, and see lots of police lights in the pictures. That's when I was like, 'What in the world?!'"

Police said an officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a four-way stop at Madison and Moreland around 1:15 a.m. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, and it fled.

Car slammed into Waukesha home during police pursuit; man in custodyAfter the crash, the driver was uninjured, and arrested on the following charges:

  • Felony eluding officers
  • Reckless driving
  • Bail jumping, two counts

Police said he was on probation, released from prison less than three weeks before this incident. He was taken to the Waukesha County Jail.

"The one night I'm not home, and all of this crazy stuff happens," said Odallis Quintero. "My grandma actually sleeps downstairs because she can't really go up the stairs, so it's a really good thing she is on the opposite side of the wall. That was our main worry, because she's downstairs."

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