East Texan thrown across living room after suspect crashes into home

Kurt Glenn Russell. Photo Source: Longview PD
Kurt Glenn Russell. Photo Source: Longview PD

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texan is recovering after being thrown across his living room by a car.

Around 8:30 Wednesday night Longview police were dispatched to a burglary in process at a home in the 1300 block of Colgate Drive. The suspect then fled, crashing into a home in the 1300 block of Princeton Avenue.

Kenneth Ferguson, 53, was watching television at home when he said the living room practically exploded.

"When I first heard it, I couldn't even think," said Ferguson. "It really kind of dazed me because I ended up on my knees. It was scary, man."

The car crashed through, knocking Ferguson and his sofa across the room.

"It's nothing short of a miracle that nobody was killed, especially in the home where the vehicle crashed into," said Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police Department.

Police say Kurt Glenn Russell, 30, already on parole for burglary, tried to break in a home just blocks away, but being discovered, he fled at high speeds, losing control and crashing into Ferguson's home.

"I just heard him briefly say, 'My brakes went out,' and by that time my neighbor's were here and I heard them hollering," said Ferguson. "It was so dramatic. I just couldn't comprehend what had happened."

The original burglary victim helped police fill the gaps.

"What really helped us out here was that the victim was able to maintain her composure," said Brownlee. "She's able to get a license plate number and provide it to investigators and help them discover what had happened and who the suspect was."

Ferguson is left with fractures and bruises, but thankful that is all.

"If it wasn't for God, I wouldn't be here right now," he said. "I'm real sore but highly blessed."

Ferguson says Russell was taken into custody because his neighbors made sure he did not escape.

The crash did extensive damage to Ferguson's home, and he is working with his insurance company on alternate housing while his home is repaired.

Russell was charged with 2nd degree felony Burglary of a Habitation, and is being held on $30,000 bond.

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