Elderly man rams car into DPS officer's home

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX - Police are trying to determine why an elderly man rammed his car into a home in North Phoenix before dawn Thursday.

Around 4:30 a.m., an off-duty Department of Public Safety officer was awakened by a car ramming into vehicles parked in the driveway near 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard.

The 95-year-old man, identified as Johnson Lester, behind the wheel also rammed into the home near the master bedroom where the officer and his wife were sleeping.

The DPS officer fired shots at the car to try and get Lester to stop ramming his property. The officer then moved his patrol vehicle to box in Lester's vehicle.

When Phoenix police officers arrived, Lester was still idling in the car. Officers had to remove him from the vehicle and place him under arrest.

Neighbors say Lester is deaf and they communicated with him via writing on a notepad.

One neighbor said the suspect and victim had argued in the past, but another neighbor indicated Lester was very nice.

Detective has not determined a motive in this case, but there is no indication of any long standing feud.

Lester was booked on charges of aggravated assault, endangerment and felony criminal damage.