"Pontiac, have a seat"

"Jack Foley shakes his head and laughs at the rubble in his living room and the kitchen cabinets jutting out at strange angles, but you can tell he really doesn't think it's very funny.He has to laugh, he says. There's no point in being upset all the time.A 21-year-old drunk man stole his mother's car, somehow lost control while driving down Swantown Road and hit the corner of Foley's house early Thursday morning, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office.Foley and his son were up talking in the living room when they were startled by the sudden noise. It sounded like a close-by sonic boom, but when they looked around they saw that the side of his house was torn open. A destroyed Pontiac Bonneville was straddling the collapsed back porch.What cracks me up about the whole thing is that the guy got out of his car and ran away, Foley said. Actually he was lucky he ran away. I was kind of upset.Deputy Jane Arnold wrote in her report that the driver, later identified as Randy Rogers, wrote that bypassers chased him as he tried to flee. He was eventually caught by Deputy Chris Garden and arrested on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without permission, DUI and reckless driving.Rogers was arraigned Friday on a felony charge of taking a car without permission.Rogers told investigators that he had been drinking but was not driving, according to court papers.Arnold contacted the owner of the car, who is Rogers' mother, and found that she was asleep and had no idea her car was gone. She said that Rogers did not have keys to her car and was not allowed to drive it. But she said Rogers does have keys to her house.Foley, a retired Navy man, said he can't figure out exactly how the car hit the second story of his house without touching trees or a seven-foot fence. The best he can figure is that the Pontiac became airborne after hitting the sidewalk, flew over the fence and smacked into the house with two-tons of force.The damage to his house is pretty extensive. There's a car-sized hole in the wall. There's glass everywhere from the sliding glass doors that were pulverized. The walls and cabinets in the kitchen are pushed in. A piece of gutter from the outside of his house sits in the middle of the room.I did two tours in 'Nam and I never saw anything like this, he said.Foley says he will have to live in a hotel for at least a month while the house is fixed, but insurance should cover the cost. It could have been worse. Deputies told Foley that the car would have gone through his living room if it had hit the house at a different angle. "

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 26
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates