Driver Flees Accident Scene On Foot, Ends Up In Creek

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A drunk driver crashed into a home and then fled on foot to a nearby creek according to Omaha Police.

The crash occurred near North 85th and Nicholas streets in Omaha. Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the driver hit a fence and crashed into the front steps of 90-year-old Ruth Gabelhouse's home.

"I heard this loud thump, kind of a vibration, I ran to the front door, opened the door and there was this maroon car next to my stoop," said Gabelhouse, who was inside the home washing dishes when she heard the crash.

Omaha Police said the driver had been drinking, and he got out of the car and ran.

Neighbors said he appeared to be injured and was holding his ribs as he ran down the street.

"To know that it was a very good friend of mine that he hit made it very personal so that's what kind of made it more--let's get him," said Stephanie Contreras, a neighbor who said she yelled out to him and told him to stop.

Contreras said another neighbor stepped in as well, and chased him to nearby Papio creek west of North 76th and Cass Streets. The man jumped into the creek, and rescue crews got him out of the water and took him to a nearby hospital.

"It makes it that much better of an ending knowing that the guy who hit the car and hit the house, will come to justice for it," said James Henrichs, Gabelhouse's grandson.

Police have not yet released what his charges will be or his identity.

Gabelhouse did not suffer any injuries, but said she was shaken.


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