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Driver loses control of car during chase, crashes into 2 houses causing significant damage

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two Washington County homes were heavily damaged after a driver lost control during a police pursuit and crashed.

A neighbor took to Facebook Live showing the moments after police said Akili Racheed Sutton crashed into the homes.

The chaotic scene played out just after 2 a.m. on Wayne Street in Canton Township.

Police said it started about a mile away when they spotted Sutton driving at ther intersection of Fayette and Baird streets in a brand-new pickup truck with missing plates.

Police said they tried to pull Sutton over, but he sped off and crashed into parked cars before smashing into the homes.

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Troopers arrested Sutton and took him to the hospital.

The people living in one of the homes that were hit were startled out of a sound sleep by the crash. The impact of the crash was so strong, they felt their house shift then spotted stuff scattered everywhere.

Most of the damage is to the front room, where they store a tanning bed and clothes.

Just a few steps away were their guinea pigs and dogs. The homeowner Russell Porter said the crash was so startling the dogs ran under furniture to get to safety.


“At first I thought somebody hit a car, one of the cars, but when I got out there that car was inside the house,” Porter said.

“I’m still in shock.  I don’t know. I don’t even know if my house is going to be OK,” Sheren Donley said.

The homeowner is now working with her insurance agency to tally up how much repairs will cost.

A Columbia Gas spokesperson said the company had to shut off service as a precaution.