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SUV crashes into US home and lands on man in bed

A man in New Haven, Connecticut, suffered third-degree burns after a car crashed into his house and landed on top of him during a police car chase.

Michael Sweat, 34, was asleep in bed when a sports utility vehicle BMW X5 tore through the front of his house and into his bedroom.

Mr Sweat was trapped under the car for about an hour as firefighters tried to free him, a police spokesman said.

With the car fully lodged inside the house, the driver fled from the scene.

Police gave chase shortly after midnight on Tuesday in Hamden, Connecticut, on suspicion that the driver was wanted for motor-vehicle offences.

Burned buttocks

The suspect led police on a 5-mile (3.2-km) pursuit through the campus of Southern Connecticut State University and into New Haven.

Policemen tried to stop the car by using "stop sticks", but the suspect swerved to avoid them.

Firefighters had to use "manual and pneumatic tools and timber to shore up the BMW and the home itself", in order to free Mr Sweat, who was trapped beneath the vehicle, New Haven police officer David Hartman said.

Paramedics carried him to an ambulance that was standing by and took him to hospital.

He received serious burns to his legs and buttocks but his injuries were not life-threatening, Mr Hartman added.

Authorities worked for several more hours to remove the car from the house, and police are continuing their search for the driver.