BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A car smashed through the wall of a Long Island church hours before Sunday services.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at the Second Baptist Church on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, police said.READ MORE: Judge Lifts Temporary Pause On Vaccine Mandate For NYC Teachers And Other City Workers, Who Now Must Be Vaccinated By Monday
Photos show the car, a 2008 Infiniti G35, tilted on its side at a roughly 45-degree angle and resting with its front wedged in the church’s wall. It has since been removed, leaving a jagged hole in the wall.
Nearby, a row of trees was mowed down with the branches covering a toppled sign. The fence out front did nothing to hold back the car, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported.
“It was a big bang, it shook us out of bed,” neighbor Debbie O’Rourke said. “Very scary because a lot of people walk over there.”
Authorities said the driver and a 20-year-old man in the passenger seat somehow got out of the car and fled the scene.
The passenger was then dropped off by another vehicle at South Nassau Communities Hospital, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
It wasn’t until Sunday evening that Nassau police said they arrested the driver, identified as 21-year-old Sherif Wheeler, of Baldwin.
Police said Wheeler surrendered to detectives at the First Precinct.