NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Surveillance cameras caught a wild scene on Long Island early Friday morning.
Around 1 a.m., Andrew Spadafora woke up to the sight of a car upside down in the front yard of his North Babylon home.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 11/28 Sunday Morning Forecast
“I came out, and the car was basically still rocking,” Spadafora told CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff.
Spadafora thought the driver was pinned underneath the car, but he was nowhere to be found.
“It was empty,” he told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs.
The crash was caught on Spadafora’s elaborate 16-camera surveillance system.
Video shows the car crashing through his fence and rolling over on the grass. Seconds later, the driver can be seen running away.
“He came around that corner too fast,” Spadafora said. “You can see tire tracks three houses away in their driveway, then he went to this house, got airborne, flipped over three times and ended up in my front lawn.”READ MORE: Alec Burks, Evan Fournier Spark Knicks Past Hawks
A patrol car passed by second after the crash, and police K-9 units were on the driver’s trail early on but lost the scent.
Two cellphones were found in the Volkswagen, and police officers determined the vehicle was stolen after running its plates, Spadafora said.
“With the two cellphones and the video, they’ve got to catch him,” Spadafora said.
This is not the first time a vehicle has veered out of control on Kime Avenue. Years ago, one vehicle landed in Spadafora’s swimming pool, prompting him to lobby for a traffic circle in front of his house.
“We pushed to have it done so we can slow the traffic down, and they still speed,” Spadafora said.
No arrest has been made in the latest incident.
For decades, Spadafora hosted a famous Christmas light display on his front yard and says his investment in the surveillance system will finally pay off if police catch the driver.MORE NEWS: Suns Extend Win Streak To 16 With Victory Over Nets
Suffolk County police are asking the public to take a good look at the surveillance video and call with any information.