Family wakes up to SUV on doorstep after police chase ends in crash

HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - Two women had a rude awakening, Thursday morning, when an SUV being chased by police slammed into their Homestead home.

Carmen Goodman and her 82-year-old mother were sleeping inside their home, located along Northwest Eighth Avenue and 17th Street, when they heard a “bang,” just after 8 a.m. “We were sleeping, my mom and I, when we hear the explosions. It sounded like an explosion,” said Goodman.

When the homeowner went to see where the noise come from, she discovered a silver Hyundai SUV nearly inside her own living room. “We ran, and we see this,” Goodman said, looking at the debris in her home. “Crying, I just wanna cry.”

Goodman said undercover officers were chasing the SUV, which had been stolen. “All I heard is that the undercover cops were in pursuit of two suspects that had stolen a car,” she said.

Homestead Police said the SUV was reported stolen in Kendall, and they spotted it Thursday morning with two men inside. They were chasing the suspects when the SUV lost control near Goodman’s home, went through some palm trees, hit a car and slammed into the house.

Then, two men who were inside of the SUV bolted out on foot. They were quickly taken into custody nearby.

Police identified the driver as Oscar Guajardo and the passenger as Roberto Aldama. Officers said they discovered a gun and cocaine inside the vehicle.

Goodman is left with thousands of dollars in damage to a home they bought in May, with a destroyed front entrance made of brick and lots of cleaning to do. “My car, now I don’t have a car,” she said. “It took me 10 years to have a car, and now it doesn’t even turn on.”

But even with the costly damage, she is mostly thankful that no one, especially her son, was hurt. “My son would have been there, right there, opening the door, because this is the time that he actually comes home from work, at 8:15,” said Goodman. “Between 8:15 and 8:20 he’s here, and it happened at 8:15, so, yes, we are thankful that it was only material things.”

Goodman’s mother, who was asleep at the time of the crash, counted her blessings. “I thank God,” she said.

Goodman will work with her insurance company to figure out how much she will have to pay in damages.

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