2 police chases damage 4 cars in family's yard
[Palm Beach, FL]

Chris Barker, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
March 17, 2001 Saturday Final Edition
Copyright 2001 Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc.
The Palm Beach Post
March 17, 2001 Saturday Final Edition

(PALM BEACH, Fla.) --A man whose two cars were wrecked in his own driveway last week listened in disbelief as another driver fleeing police plowed into two rental cars parked in the same spot.

"I was beyond livid, I was fit to be tied," said Bill Basante, of 3432 Lake Osborne Drive.

The second accident happened about 8 p.m. Thursday night, according to Lake Worth police. A 1999 Ford pickup driven by Ivan Coronel, 20, crashed into a rented Jeep just minutes after officers had attempted to stop the car on Sixth Avenue South, according to a police report.

The Jeep then crashed into a rented Chevy Tahoe parked next to it as the Ford hit a tree in Basante's yard and then went through the back fence.

Basante, who lives with his wife and 10-year-old son at the house, said police arrived shortly after he ran outside to see what happened.

Coronel, who had two passengers, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated fleeing and eluding, police said.

"They were so inebriated, they had to pour them out of the vehicle," said Basante, who added he will urge placing speed bumps on the 30 mph road.

Six crashes occurred along Lake Osborne Drive since July 1, 2000, including three at Basante's address, police said.

A driver fleeing police ran into Basante's cars on March 7 and was caught by Basante.

A police spokeswoman said officers followed the city's pursuit guidelines in both instances.

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