Car goes “airborne,” crashes through Covina garage

COVINA — A man was hospitalized for mental evaluation Sunday after he crashed his car through a residential garage, police said.
The driver of the car, a 33-year-old Covina man, was not arrested Sunday but was hospitalized for psychological evaluation due to erratic behavior following the crash, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The crash occurred about 3:51 p.m. at the corner of Nearglen Avenue and Wingate Street, the lieutenant said.
The driver was making a turn from westbound Wingate Street to southbound Nearglen Avenue at high speed when he went wide and launched his 1985 Toyota Camry from a handicapped access ramp along the sidewalk, Doonan said.
“The car went airborne, over the front yard, and took out a portion of a cinder block wall,” he said. “It also demolished a shed behind the block wall.”
“While still airborne, it made complete penetration through the garage wall and into the garage,” Doonan said.
No one was home at the house, and the Camry’s driver was not hurt, he added. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.
Following the crash, Doonan said, the driver was uncooperative with police and made statements causing officers to question his mental state. He was taken to an area hospital for mental evaluation.

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