Willimantic man identified as driver in crash into 2nd floor of Norwich home, arrested on outstanding warrant

New London

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — A car crashed into the second floor of a home early Saturday morning.

At around 1:30 a.m., Norwich Police received several 911 calls of a dark-colored SUV ramming parked cars in the parking lot of Evil Olive at 543 West Thames Street. The vehicle then fled towards Mohegan Sun on West Thames Street and veered off the roadway colliding into the second story of a home at 665 West Thames Street.

East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene at 665 West Thames Street. As crews arrived, the driver – later identified as William Lassiter of Willimantic – was still inside the car with a power line on the roof.

Officials say that all residents inside the home were out and accounted for. Mutual aid was called to the scene from the Norwich Fire Department and Emergency Management.

Fire officials say the power was secured and the vehicle was stabilized. Crews then were able to extricate the occupant out of the vehicle. Lassiter was removed and transported to the hospital and later released with non-life-threatening injuries.

Lassiter was later held on an outstanding warrant out of Willimantic and held on a $75,000 bond.

One of the residents inside the home suffered a minor injury. There were no reported firefighter injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

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