At about 9:15 p.m. ET Wednesday night, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company were summoned to the 1000 block of East MacPhail Road in Bel Air for a report of a motor vehicle crash with fire.
Upon arrival, deputies were told a vehicle had driven off the road and struck a home at 1030 East MacPhail Road causing it to catch fire.
The vehicle then allegedly backed up and into a collided with a home at 1028 East MacPhail Road knocking a portion of the home off its foundation.
The driver then drove into the back yards of both homes, then up into their front yards and then left the area
Police immediately issued an alert for the suspect vehicle – a blue pick-up truck.
Officials from the Baltimore Gas and Electric and building inspectors from Harford County Government also responded to assist.
Fire department personnel say the vehicle severed the propane home’s gas line causing it to rupture, thus setting the house on fire.
The fire quickly spread up the side of the home damaging the siding. A neighbor was able to put out the flames with an extinguisher.
The car was pulled over by police and the driver was identified as Michael Lee Smith, 54, of Bel Air. Smith was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and leaving the scene of an accident.
Both homes were damaged, but there is no word on whether occupants will remain in them.
There were no injuries reported.
Smith was taken to the Harford County Detention Center where he is awaiting a hearing before a District Court Commissioner.