WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — The driver of a stolen car that crashed into the front gates of singer Taylor Swift’s beachfront home in Westerly was ordered held on $10,000 bail.
According to Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey, Shykeim Edwin Lewis of Hartford, Connecticut, stole the vehicle and led officers on a pursuit through Hopkinton and into Westerly.
Lewis, 19, is facing several charges including reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
Lacey said Lewis sped away from officers several times as they attempted to stop him, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph and at one point nearly hitting one of their cruisers.
The chase ended when Lewis crashed the vehicle into the white brick wall outside Swift’s property before ricocheting into the main entrance gate.
Even though there were three other occupants in the vehicle, Lacey said they only had enough evidence to charge Lewis in connection to the crash. Charges against Lewis by Hopkinton police may be forthcoming.
The crash remains under investigation. It’s unclear how much it will cost to fix the damage to Swift’s property.
Lacey said he doesn’t believe Lewis or any of the occupants of the car knew that the property they crashed into was Swift’s.
Swift was not home at the time of the crash but responded to a fan who posted to Instagram about the incident by commenting “Nothing good starts in a getaway car,” in reference to one of the songs on her latest album.