CAMPBELL -- A man who intentionally rammed a car carrying his family into a home shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday may face charges of attempted homicide, according to police.
The crash happened at Westmont Avenue and San Tomas Aquino Road, where police said 27-year-old Campbell resident Anthony McSherry Jr. accelerated the Acura TL sedan into a stranger's house at the end of a T-intersection with the intention of harming his girlfriend, a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.
The occupants of the car were taken to a hospital to be checked for minor injuries and have been released. The driver was then booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide and driving while intoxicated, as investigators believe he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Two people who were home at the time of the crash were shaken but not hurt.
"Over the years there have been several accidents out there because drivers go through the intersection thinking the road keeps going," said Campbell police Sgt. Gary Berg. "The homeowner put up steel pillars, and this car hit one of them and knocked it down."
The car then went through a fence and the backyard before smashing into the house.
"(McSherry) basically told his girlfriend before the crash something to the effect that he was going to intentionally cause an accident to harm them," Berg said.
Berg said after the crash, McSherry tried to flee the scene.
"There was a neighbor walking down the sidewalk and the vehicle went by right in front of him," Berg said. "He saw the driver exit, walk out to the sidewalk and then start to run, but he chased him down and held him until officers arrived."
McSherry was taken into custody without incident, complaining of injuries from the crash, Berg said.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.