It was early Sunday morning, July 1stto be exact when a father and his son who had been visiting were sitting in the living room of their home, having a drink together. The two decided to call it a night, which was probably the best decision they could have ever made because just 20 minutes later, a pickup truck came plowing through their living room. And had they decided to stay up and chat, they would have likely been the victim of a severe or even fatal accident.
 
Here’s what happened moments before the truck collided into the home.
 
According to the Bangor Daily News, 22-year-old Leonid Richter took police on a chase after Officer Lewis Dyer witnessed him speeding through a stop sign at an intersection of Main and Front Streets. Dyer immediately turned his lights and sirens on and began to pursue the truck. Richter, however, continued to drive, ignoring the lights and sirens, and flew past yet another stop sign at the Miller Street intersection. The truck driver decided to then cut through a parking lot and across Commercial Street to get to Bayview Street. At this point, he was considered to be evading police as the officer signaled he was attempting to pull him over, yet he didn’t stop for him.
At that point, Dyer says he didn’t feel safe “trying to keep up with the truck” as the driver was traveling at such fast rates of speed down “narrow neighborhood roads.” Dyer didn’t let the truck out of sight though. He was able to continue pursuing the vehicle down Bayview Street until that road ended at a T intersection where it then linked up with Condon Street. Unfortunately, the family’s two-story home mentioned above was located at the opposite end of Condon Street.
The news outlet said that Richter continued driving and just moments later, the homeowner said he could hear the truck “roaring” down the road. When he looked out the window, he said he saw “the vehicle tear across his lawn and smash into the room below him.” Shortly after, Dyer pulled up behind the truck and the Richter stepped out from the passenger’s side door with his hands up. Although he told Dyer he was not the one behind the wheel of the truck, there was nobody else present inside the vehicle.
While Richter is now facing a heap of charges, thankfully, none of the six family members who were inside the home at the time of the crash were harmed. Richter, on the other hand, was transported to Waldo County General Hospital where he received treatment for his minor injuries.  He is now facing several charges which include operating under the influence, driving with a suspended license, eluding a police officer, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, aggravated criminal mischief, and criminal speeding. His license was also suspended as he was previously charged with OUI.
 
Although the family is lucky to be alive and uninjured, they were left with a home that was in need of being repaired.
 
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