Car Crashes Through Roof of Business

A car through the roof set off the commercial burglary alarm at a septic system company

Sunday, Dec 18, 2011  |  Updated 11:55 AM CDT
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A Santa Fe septic system company is cleaning up after a car crashed nose first through its roof.

Jennifer Bauer, KPRC

A Santa Fe septic system company is cleaning up after a car crashed nose first through its roof.

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Police responding to a burglar alarm found a car crashed through the roof of a Santa Fe business.

Investigators say the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed about 2 a.m. Saturday and failed to negotiate a turn.

The vehicle left the roadway and traveled up a railroad track embankment and went airborne.

The blue sedan flew about 100 feet through the air and crashed nose-first through the roof of Gulf Coast Aerobic Services on the opposite side of the tracks.

Police said the driver was locked in the business for a short time before he opened a door and ran from the scene before officers arrived.

Investigators say Royce Morales, 20, later called police to report his vehicle stolen.

Detectives say evidence put him behind the wheel and Morales eventually confessed he was driving.

Early estimates put the damage at more than $25,000.

Police said they are pursuing charges of reckless driving and filing a false report against Morales.

Santa Fe is northeast of Galveston.

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