SUV smokes its tires, flies, then drowns

May 4, 2005 at 2:11 PM

MILTON, Mass., May 4 (UPI) -- Three Boston-area college students escaped injury when an SUV tire-smoking stunt went wrong and ended in a swimming pool.

The three 21-year-old Curry College students were parked in a residential area of Milton, Mass., early Tuesday doing what police call brake-standing, which involves a heavy foot on the brake while the gas pedal is floored. The result is a lot of smoke and noise, as long as the driver remembers the brake requirement.

Milton Deputy Police Chief Paul Nolan told the Boston Globe driver Stephen Pettinelli apparently released the brake, sending the Nissan Xterra hurtling over a curb, splitting a utility pole, shearing a fire hydrant, flying through the air and striking a house before plunging into a swimming pool.

Police charged Pettinelli with reckless operation and failure to stay within marked lanes.

Pettinelli's father, Robert told WBZ-TV, "Accidents happen."

Topics: Paul Nolan
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