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Man facing charges after ramming truck into home

Posted June 30, 2009 10:06 p.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2009 5:46 a.m. EDT

— An argument between Wendell neighbors led to a house being rammed with a truck. Police say Douglas Jones, 45, was upset over children walking in the middle of the street.

It happened on June 13 after Jones claims some children threw a rock at his truck. Police say Jones then drove his truck into their house in the 500 block of Marshburn Road.

"(The) man just ran his truck into our house,” Dilbra Brewington said.

Brewington says her four children, and two grandchildren, were inside the house at the time.

Arkelle Montague, 15, says Jones was yelling racial slurs while his truck battered the wall of the house. The force caused boards to crack in half.

"It sounded like a whole lot of wood falling,” Montague said.

Police say Jones did not stop.

"He backed up and ran into the house again,” Wendell Police Chief Vance Johnson said.

While trying to run to safety, Brewington's 2-year-old grandson fell and hit his head, she says.

"He tried to mow them down out here (in the yard). They ran in the house. That is when he tried to come through the house,” Brewington said.

The altercation continued after the truck hit the house and one of the children pulled a knife, according to a police report. Brewington says the knife was for self defense.

Jones was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, ethnic intimidation, simple assault, damage to real property and carrying a concealed weapon. He is out of jail on bond and declined to comment Tuesday on the case.

The front of the house and the front porch were heavily damaged by the truck. Brewington says she remains frightened since Jones lives near her.

"I am not getting any sleep. I am really afraid because this guy (Jones) is like three doors down,” Brewington said.

Brewington says her family has been living in the house since January.  She is currently looking for a new place to live.