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Police searching for driver who crashed pickup into building at Albany Ridge Apartments

Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD
Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD
Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD
Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD
Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD Source: Curtis Spivey, KCBD
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

What began as a traffic stop ended with a pickup crashing through the wall of an apartment complex on Sunday night around 10:20 p.m.

According to officials with the Lubbock Police Department, an officer tried to pull over a pickup traveling in the 5100 block of 50th Street for having non-working tail lights.

Officers say there were four people inside the pickup. The truck pulled over and the officer asked the male driver for his identification. The driver said he didn't have an ID, then the officer asked him to step outside of the vehicle.

Police say the driver put the truck in drive and sped away from the officer.

By the time the officer got back into his vehicle, he had lost sight of the suspect, according to officials.

A short time later, dispatch received a call that the pickup truck had crashed into the Albany Ridge Apartments, and the driver ran from the scene.  

Two of the three passengers had minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

"Yes I was getting ready for bed actually and I was watching the end of a movie on Netflix, and all of the sudden an explosion that was very intense and I kind of jumped up about half a foot or so into the air and thought it was a tornado that just hit the building, and I thought I was going to go to heaven," said resident Stephen Thomas.

"I realized it was a truck or something that hit the building and ran outside to see what I could do to assist anybody that needed assistance, I’m a physician and see if there was anything I could do to help. Whoever the driver was, ran off and the three people that were with him stayed behind and were outside. Everyone was covered in dust from the drywall powder. But we got everyone accounted for and everyone was okay and no injuries. It did quite a bit of damage, the truck went inside the apartment all way into the living room, the front end of the car was into the bedroom that the son was in and he was playing his Xbox, as I understand and he was rather shaken up."

Thomas said emergency officials had to pry out some of the wall because the door was destroyed and blocked by the truck. It took about two hours to check the stability of the building.

"But they eventually decided that it was okay," said Thomas. "So I reluctantly came up and gingerly stepped around the apartment to see how the floor was, but they were okay."

At this time, the suspect has not been located. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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