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High-speed police chase ends with suspect crashing into Opelika family's home

The home where a police chase ended in the suspect crashing into the home. The home where a police chase ended in the suspect crashing into the home.
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

A high-speed police chase ends with suspect crashing into Opelika families home, with police arresting the 31-year-old driver and charged him with burglary, other charges are pending.

On Friday morning, the family spoke about the frightening ordeal.

Counting their Blessings, Cassie Batley and her family recall the terrifying seconds a suspect's vehicle crashed into their home.

"Just thankful we have kids alive to send to school this morning. We got woken up by the house shaking and my kids screaming, my 12-year-old screaming at the top of her lungs, we ran out of the bedroom and saw headlights in my kitchen,” she said.
 
The family says a telephone pole wire, in the front yard, kept the vehicle from crashing into their daughter's bedroom.

“Had he not hit the guide wire at the speed he was going, he would have went straight into the 12 year old's bedroom, not the kitchen,” she said.

Police say after the crash, 31-year old Jotavious Rowell took off running and entered another families home down the street, then left and was soon arrested.
Investigators say the chase began in Auburn, when police tried to pull him over for an equipment violation.

Police say Rowell faces burglary first charges for entering an occupied  home during the foot chase with police. More charges are expected to be filed.

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