A Racine man is charged with five counts of recklessly endangering safety after police say he sped through a residential neighborhood Wednesday and crashed into a house.
An officer started following Eric E. Cage, 25, on Wednesday after noticing the rental car had a suspended registration for emissions, according to the criminal complaint. As the officer followed, Cage accelerated. The officer said Cage intentionally went through two four-way stop signs, and hit speeds of 60 to 70 mph through a residential neighborhood and school zone.
Cage tried turning onto Olive Street to evade the officer, according to the criminal complaint, but missed the turn and hit a street sign before crashing into a house, leaving a large hole with bricks scattered around.
Inside the house, in a room close to where the driver struck the house, were four people who could have been seriously injured or killed if the vehicle had gone further into the house. Those people accounted for four of the first-degree recklessly endangering safety charges filed against Cage.
The fifth person at risk in the crash was the front seat passenger who hit her head when the car struck the house. She had difficulty remembering details and her phone number after the crash.
Cage fled on foot, without helping his passenger or checking on anyone in the house. Police reported he resisted arrest once they caught up with him.
Cage is charged with the five counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, hit and run causing injury and two counts of obstructing an officer. He is being held on a $2,500 cash bond.