'Spaced out' driver causes Jenks house fire
BY AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
9/04/12 at 11:40 AM
JENKS -- A woman was arrested Monday afternoon after crashing into a house and totaling her car, Jenks police officers said.
Elizabeth Virginia Carella, 52, of Jenks is accused of driving through the fence behind a home in the 12000 block of South Sycamore Street and crashing into the residence, which soon became fully engulfed in flames, according to her arrest report.
The homeowners rescued Carella from the burning car, the arresting officer wrote. They told police Carella was “spaced out and continued to rev the engine and not respond to them” following the crash.
Police said Carella fled the scene and was found hiding behind some chairs on the porch of a church a few blocks away. She was reportedly carrying a can of dust remover spray that showed signs of “very recent use,” according to the report.
Carella is being held at the Tulsa Jail on complaints of leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a license and failure to carry insurance verification. Her bond is set at $350,000.
Carella received a five-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2010. A 2011 charge of larceny of merchandise from a retailer is pending against her.