PD: Naked man drove Budget truck into home

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 7:30 AM

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PHOENIX -- A naked man drove a box truck into a Phoenix home early Wednesday morning.

It happened at about 2:30 a.m. in the neighborhood of 23rd Street and Cactus Road.

The man, who was behind the wheel of a Budget rental truck, tore through the neighborhood.

"I was outside working on my Jeep and I saw a truck pass, going over 100 miles per hour, run a stop sign," said witness Daniel Demaio. He said the driver never touched his brakes.

Eli Chadwick, who was with Demaio, said the driver didn't slow down at all.

The two saw the truck plow through the front yard of a home, and then into the home itself, plowing into a bedroom.

Nobody was in that room at the time and no injuries were reported.

Neighbors told police a naked man jumped out the truck and ran from the scene.

"His pants are still in the vehicle," Chadwick said. "It's not something you usually see every day."

Police confirm that they found the suspect's shorts.

Officers searched the neighborhood but came up empty. Police said it's possible the suspect might have been under the influence of drugs and advised people to be cautious.

"Generally speaking, if you run into a naked man out here, we've found that there's usually some kind of illicit narcotic on board …," said Phoenix police Sgt. Eric Wyckoff. "I wouldn't approach naked people running around the streets of Phoenix."

Investigators later caught up with a man they believe to be their suspect. By that time, he had gone home and gotten dressed. The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Not one of the witnesses has been able to identify that man as the man they saw leap from the truck.

The damage to the home was so severe, it has been deemed unsafe. The Phoenix Fire Department will conduct an inspection later in the day to determine if the occupants will be able to return.

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