3 felons arrested after crashing into Lakeland home, deputies say

Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Two men and a woman with 54 combined felonies were arrested again Sunday after their car drove into a home in Lakeland.

Deputies arrested 42-year-old Sarena Stokes (the driver), 51-year-old John Sumner, and 47-year-old Donald Reams after finding their sedan inside a bedroom of a home on Mt. Tabor Road just after midnight.

Investigators said the trio’s vehicle left the road for unknown reasons, crashed through some mailboxes, went through a field, and slammed into the home. There were people inside the house at the time, but no one inside the bedroom the car crashed into.

The crash startled Jose Garcia and his wife, who were sleeping inside the home. The bedroom hit by the vehicle belonged to their son, Luis, who was returning from work.

“First thing was my son. If my son was there, there’s no more life,” said Jose Garcia.

Immediately following the crash, deputies said two residents of the home ran into the bedroom and tried to keep the suspects from running away from the scene, but deputies said Stokes and Reams got away.

The Garcias helped deputies locate and arrest the suspects.

“We highly suspect [Stokes] was under the influence of something,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “We have run blood tests on her. We’re waiting for the results of that from the lab.”

The family lives in an area hit hard by a tornado in October.

“They were spared the tornado but then they got a horrible, horrible tornado of their own when Sarena road a 1999 Buick through the bedroom,” said Sheriff Judd.

Above is a video of the vehicle being removed from the home.

All three suspects face charges from the crash.

“My family is OK. The house – it scares me a little bit. Because no house? Where am I gonna sleep?” asked Garcia.

The Garcias have started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with expenses moving forward.

Visit the GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/house-destroyed-by-intoxicated-driver?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

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