By Cam Lucadou-Wells
A man has been charged after allegedly ramming another car at high speed, causing it to spin across oncoming peak-time traffic and into the back of a house on Pound Road, Hampton Park.
In what was described as a family violence dispute, police said the man allegedly chased another male driver and then pulled a “pit maneovre” in which he rammed the rear corner of the other car from the side.
It is normally a trained tactic employed by police, Narre Warren CIU’s Detective Sergeant Chris O’Brien said.
The cars reached speeds of about 100km/h on the busy, built-up thoroughfare, about 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 October, police say.
When struck, the victim’s car allegedly spun backwards across an oncoming traffic lane, into gravel, through a back fence and struck the two-storey townhouse.
The crash caused the collapse of a pillar, windows and roof section of the house.
The victim walked away from the crash. He was assessed at the scene by paramedics but required no further treatment, an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said.
“It’s miraculous that no-one was injured or killed,” Det Sgt O’Brien said.
Due to the damage, the home has been declared unsafe for habitation. The house’s occupants have been sheltered in emergency accommodation.
A 19-year-old Hampton Park man was charged with offences including conduct endangering life and dangerous driving.
He was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 28 November.