Video captures police chase suspect plow through day care playground area

The incident happened at the KinderCare playground in South Park Township, Allegheny County.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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"My stomach dropped... I was shaking," said one parent after a police chase suspect plowed through a playground on Tuesday.

SOUTH PARK TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A stroke of luck might have avoided catastrophe at a day care in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

A driver plowed through a KinderCare playground during a police chase Tuesday around 11:30 a.m., and it was all captured on camera.

Fortunately, the kids had just left the area for lunch minutes earlier at the facility in South Park Township.

"My stomach dropped. I was, I mean, I was shaking. I instantly thought it could have ended in a catastrophe," said parent Jessica Hoffman. "I just wanted to go and hurry up and pick up my son and just hold him."

According to ABC affiliate WTAE, 22-year-old Jacob Balcer was arrested in connection with the incident.

Balcer is facing a slew of charges including fleeing and recklessly endangering another person.