Fresno Man Steals Car, Ends Up on Roof

Police say a high-speed chase ended when the car was launched onto the roof of a private home.

Fresno police were called to investigate after a stolen vehicle was launched onto the roof of a private home.

Police responded to a call early Wednesday morning after residents of a Fresno apartment building reported falling debris and smoke inside the home. When law enforcement officials arrived on the scene, they found a car parked atop the building.

Fresno police later determined that 25-year-old Benjamin Tucker had stolen the vehicle earlier in the evening and was driving at high speeds when the car struck a rock and then a tree stump, which caused it to become airborne. The car finally came to rest on the building’s roof. Tucker then jumped from the roof and fled the scene. He was later found at his ex-girlfriend’s house a quarter mile away.

According to police, Tucker had two outstanding arrest warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and making terroristic threats. He now faces additional charges of auto theft, hit-and-run and evading police.

Authorities say that none of the residents inside the home sustained injuries. Tucker reportedly suffered a broken leg when he jumped from the building’s roof. The car had to be lowered from the roof by a tow truck but there was no significant damage caused to the interior of the apartment.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in this accident, which had the potential to be be deadly. When drivers act negligently by driving at high speeds or operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they put other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians at risk. Had Mr. Tucker collided with the home at a different angle, he could possibly be facing a homicide count in addition to the other charges.

In addition to criminal penalties, drivers who act negligently in causing a car accident may also face civil penalties under California law. If you or a loved one was injured through no fault of your own, you may have grounds to seek civil damages for your medical bills, lost wages and pain suffering.

When a car accident occurs, your first priority should be in contacting a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your case. The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP is available to assist car accident victims in the Fresno area with proving their injury claim.

Call our Injury Hotline at 1-800-718-4658 to schedule your free initial case evaluation. Our team of accident injury specialists is eager to discuss your case. In addition to serving the Fresno area, we also have multiple office locations throughout California and we are committed to providing the expert legal representation you need.