Car crashes into Phoenix home, car owner denies involvement

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix homeowner has some repairs to tend to after someone drove a car into his house this weekend.

The incident took place early Saturday morning near Cave Creek Road and Pinnacle Peak.

Two people were inside the vehicle that crashed into Mike Rehberg’s house. They took the keys and fled the scene before police could arrive.

Rehberg said he didn’t realize that something was wrong until his power went out and the police knocked on his door.

“They said there’s a car in the garage. I said no there’s two of them and they walk me out to the front and there’s a car that basically launched itself into the garage,” said Rehberg.

Police said the registration on the vehicle suggested the owner lived in Twentynine Palms, Calif., but documents inside the car suggested that the owner resided at a residence closer to Rehberg’s home.

Officers were able to make contact with the owner of the vehicle at the address listed on the documents.

The man, who is 20-years-old, told police he wasn’t in the car at the time of the accident, and reportedly offered conflicting stories as to where he was at the time of the incident.

According to police, the owner of the vehicle did not say that his car had been stolen, or if he had let anyone else drive it.

The man’s 19-year-old cousin was also present and denied being in the vehicle.

Police said both men appeared to have been drinking and were cited for underage drinking.

There were no witnesses who could place the owner or his cousin in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

No arrests have been made in the case