EVERETT (CBS) – A man was arraigned in Malden District Court Wednesday after police say he drove his van into a home overnight while driving under the influence.
Tarik Janey is charged with OUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was released on $500 bail.
Nobody was hurt in the crash.
A witness told WBZ-TV’s Anaridis Rodriguez the van was heading south on Ferry Street around midnight.
They said Janey lost control near the 7-Eleven, and slammed into a house on the corner of Ferry and Ashton streets.
Witnesses said Janey got out of the van and fled on foot–but he was taken into custody a short time later.
Ronald Cubias, who lives across the street, said he looked out his window when he heard tires screeching and felt the ground shake at the moment of impact.
“It seemed like the brakes weren’t working,” he told Rodriguez through a translator. “When I looked out the window, he crashed into the house. The van spun out, hit this car. The man got out of the van, looked like a construction van, he looked like he was in shock he started running. Minutes later police chased him and he was arrested.”
Neighbors said the only man inside the residence was safe, and was awoken not by the crash–but by responding police.
The impact of the crash caused part of the home’s frame to buckle, and crumbled a concrete slab of the foundation.
The home was boarded up Wednesday after the building was checked out by an inspector.
In addition to his bail, Janey, a small business owner and father of three, was ordered not to drive–and must wear an ankle monitor.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports