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Car Crash into Wildwood Garage Rattles Lake Chesterfield Residents

When the driver of a vehicle sped through and hopped a curb during morning walk time at Lake Chesterfield subdivision in Wildwood Thursday morning, neighbors say they are just thankful no teen swimmers or people were injured.

A vehicle driven by a young male left the roadway at a high speed at the 400 block of Waterside Drive in Wildwood Thursday between 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m., hopped the curb and crashed into a detached garage in the Lake Chesterfield subdivision. Both the driver and his passenger were injured, and were taken to a hospital by ambulance.

officers said the driver was taken into custody and charges are pending.

Residents told Patch they estimated the car to be traveling 70 mph.

The impact pushed a Cadillac Escalade partially out of the hit garage and sprayed debris, including bricks, for 40 to 50 feet.

The first Lake Chesterfield homeowners on the scene said they helped the driver and passenger from the car. Eureka-Wildwood Patch readers said the two men appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and were combative and verbally abusive to witnesses and the police. One tried to run from the scene but was stopped by witnesses. One of the two males was handcuffed prior to being transported via ambulance, according to witnesses.  

The accident occurred in the portion of Lake Chesterfield Subdivision near the tennis courts and swimming pool—an area constantly used for jogging, bicycling, walking and pushing strollers. Some neighbors said they thought it is a miracle that no one was killed.

Wildwood police officer Jeff Oleerworth said extensive damage was done to the inside of the garage.

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