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SUV crashes through house; lands on sleeping man

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A man is recovering in the hospital after waking up to a car on top of him in his bed in New Haven. Now police said they are searching for the driver who fled from police after the car crashed through the home on Tuesday morning.

"The sirens stayed on for a real long time," said neighbor Mia Franklin. "You know something happened. And the bang, we heard the bang and that's when we got up."

Even neighbors said they couldn't have guesses what the loud bang was at 12:30 a.m. Police said it was a man fleeing from Hamden officers before the driver lost control of the car and crashed into the home.

Friends said his vehicle landed right in 34-year-old Michael Sweats bedroom.

"He's a hard worker," said friend Ernest Williamson. "He chooses to work extremely hard instead of being in the streets, and I love him to death."

Williamson said he was on his way to visit Sweats at St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven where he was listed in stable condition.

Firefighters said it took an hour and 20 minutes to free Sweats from under the car, and he suffered second- and third-degree burns to his lower body as a result.

As for the driver of the blue BMW, police said he fled the scene after the crash.

Connecticut State Police said they know who the driver is, and expect an arrest to come as soon as a warrant is issued.

State police said they were assisting in the investigation because the chase began in Hamden and ended in New Haven.

Officials said the home seemed to be structurally sound and appeared as if the home would not have to be taken down.

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