Update Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. Police have learned since the incident Monday night that the vehicle was stolen. Authorities are currently searching for the suspect who allegedly drove the vehicle through the apartment, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.
“We have the name of a possible suspect and we are looking for him,” he said.
CEDAR CITY — The driver of a Toyota pickup truck fled the scene of a crash Monday night after the vehicle slammed into the kitchen of an apartment located on Spruce Street, authorities said.
Cedar City police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 851 S. Spruce Street around 9:30 p.m. Police said they did not know exactly when the crash occurred since no one was home at the time and the driver had fled the scene.
Sgt. Chet Smith said the incident is still under investigation and didn’t expect to have any answers Monday night.
“We’re just not sure what happened here,” Smith said. “We’re still trying to iron out all the details. We also need to find the driver and/or owner of the (pickup) truck. We just don’t know right now.”
At the time of the crash, apartment resident Derek Perkins was down the street at a neighbor’s house. He said he happened to wander home just a short time later and called the police.
“I was down the street at a friends,” Perkins said. “The weird thing is, I’m usually always in my kitchen. Ask anybody around here I’m usually in there and I’m kind of a hermit so I don’t usually get out but tonight I happened to be down at a friend’s place.”
By the time Perkins came upon the vehicle in the middle of his kitchen, he said, the driver was nowhere to be found.
The apartment resident however, did maintain a sense of humor, laughing and saying that he finally got a kitchen window.
“My kitchen didn’t have a window and now it does,” Perkins said.
The next door neighbor Maria Ocotl, who was home at the time, said she heard someone yell an expletive right before she heard and felt the crash through the wall.
“I heard someone yell a swear word and then I heard a crash and boom. At first, I thought maybe it was their entertainment center falling or something,” Ocotl said. “We felt the crash too in our apartment. It didn’t feel like a California earthquake. It felt like a Utah earthquake.”
There were no known injuries as a result of the incident, police said.
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