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Homeowners: who will pay for police chase clean-up?

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

 A man is in custody after leading police on a chase through Waterloo.

Police say 20-year-old Andrew Brewer was driving the van that eventually crashed into a home on Reber Avenue.

The homeowner, Jackie Esch, was driving home when she saw the commotion in her front lawn.

"I saw a tree and a van up there and I thought something happened to my kids and I almost went nuts," said Esch.

The van knocked over a large tree on her yard, and ruined the porch she and her husband had just rebuilt.

She's still in shock, and doesn't know what to do because she says they can't afford the cleanup.

"We heard that it's going to cost like $7000 to remove the tree and we don't have that kind of money, my husband is on social security," said Esch.

Stranger things have happened, she said, but it's not the way she wanted to kick off her weekend.

"You never think it will happen to us....but it did!"

Esch says the city won't remove the tree because it's on private property, and she doesn't believe she'll get any money from the driver of the van either.

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