A stolen SUV crashes into the first Catholic Church in Woonsocket causing extensive damage. The damage is the latest misfortune to hit the St. Charles Church. Last February, the original copper railings on the steps to
the church were ripped right from the concrete. Early Wednesday morning, a wild police chase ended with a
stolen SUV plowing right into the side of it.
St. Charle's Borromeo Catholic church in Woonsocket doesn't look
very welcoming. The side entrance is blocked by fencing and police tape. Chunks of stone and granite from the door is in piles on the
"I think they were young people and I don't know what
was going on with them, but I think they're problematic," said Father Gerald Faineance.
Father Faineance got a call from police early Wednesday
morning explaining the chaos that took place. Winsock police were in pursuit of a stolen SUV when
they tried to pull it over. The driver took off at nearly 75 miles an hour
before losing control. The SUV crashed into a parked car and slammed into the
"I guess an SUV going at 75 miles an hour can do
something like that, but it is incredible that this granite church was partially
destroyed at least the door, the doorway yes," said Father Finnegan.
Jeffrey Forrest lives across the street and was woken up by
"I thought it was thunder, you know what I'm saying and
it just was like boom, so I didn't know it was a crash until I came out this
After crashing into the church, the three suspects in the SUV tried to make a run for it. One was caught, the
other two are still on the loose.
It's another disappointment for Father Finnegan who recently
dealt with the theft of the church's original copper railings. Now he's trying to figure out how he'll pay for the church's
only handicapped entrance.
"I don't know yet, there's insurance, but the car was
stolen so that's going to be a problem," said Father Finnegan.
This is the 2nd time a car has crashed into the church, it
happened two years ago. A restoration masonry company is expected to assess the
damage on Monday.
Services will continue over the weekend, but until that side
door is fixed, the church's handicapped will not have access.