18-year-old charged after stolen BMW hits Atlanta home, police say

Police have charged an 18-year-old after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a southwest Atlanta home during a chase, authorities said.

Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers spotted the vehicle and requested help from the Atlanta police’s air unit and the Georgia State Patrol, police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown told AJC.com. 

Demetrius Stroud
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

It’s unclear where the BMW X6 was when officers spotted it. Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the car, allegedly driven by Demetrius Stroud, tried to drive away, she said. 

The chase lasted until the vehicle hit an unoccupied house in the 1100 block of Oakland Lane, Brown said. Five people hopped out and tried to run away.


Officers were able to detain three of them after a brief foot chase, including Stroud. He was treated at the scene after complaining of minor pain related to the accident, but no one else was hurt.

Stroud was charged with theft by receiving stolen vehicle, damage to property, fleeing and eluding and obstruction, Brown said. The other two who had been detained were released without charges.

Officers also found the two other men who were not detained near the scene and they were also subsequently released without charges, she said. No other charges are expected.

Stroud remains in the Fulton County jail on a $41,500 bond, jail records show. He’s expected to appear in court May 30. 

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