PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) — Pasco County deputies took two people into custody after they allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into the home of a 97-year-old Port Richey woman.
Florida Highway Patrol says they were notified of a stolen vehicle pursuit Sunday morning around 7:25 a.m. The truck was traveling eastbound on Stone Road approaching Candlewick Lane, when it traveled through the stop sign and collided with a house at 8846 Candlewick Lane.
The driver, 19-year-old Victor Taylor Love of Hudson, and passenger, 24-year-old Tamara Williams of Tarpon Springs, fled on foot after the crash but were taken into custody by deputies a short time later.
The homeowner, 97-year-old Elga Matis, was home at the time of the crash, but was not injured. The home has been deemed unlivable by the Pasco County Building Inspector as a result of the crash; however, neighbors are currently working together to assist Matis in securing her home and providing a place for her to stay during repairs.
Charges for the driver include grand theft, reckless driving with property damage, resisting without violence, leaving the scene of a crash, no driver license, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and burglary. Charges for passenger include grand theft, providing false information to law enforcement, obstruction, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Photos courtesy Florida Highway Patrol.