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Car crashes through Lee Co. home, driver charged with DUI

October 6, 2007

Lee County -- Tweet Cutler and Lisa Williams received an unexpected home project this weekend - interior and exterior decorating.

Around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, their living room became a parking garage after the driver of a green Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through the front door. Police say the driver had been drinking.

"The bricks were falling, and the doors came crashing through. It only lasted like 5 or 6 seconds, but it felt like a tornado coming through," said Cutler, who was asleep when the car crashed 10 feet away from where she slept.

The pictures from the scene early this morning best tell the story. You can see where the car smashed through the front door, coming to a stop just inside the living room  It was no doubt a rude awakening for Cutler and Williams whose bedrooms lie on opposite sides of the spot the car came through.

"It was scary. I mean, it's shocking. You walk around the corner and you see a car sitting in your house. It's unbelievable," said Williams.

Georgia State Patrol says 22-year-old Rodwick Jonathon Wood ran the stop sign at the corner of Century and Lover's Lane Road before his vehicle plowed into the house. He was arrested and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign, driving too fast for conditions, and DUI.

You could still see the tire marks on the grass that the Jeep Cherokee left after it crossed over Lovers Lane Road and entered the front yard. It then crashed into the home at a speed of 50 miles-per-hour, causing thousands of dollars in damages

"I'm estimating $25,000 somewhere along in there," said Cutler.

Saturday was spent cleaning up the damage on both the inside and outside of the house. Road signs had to replaced in front yard which is now home to the front door. Inside the home, pieces of the car remain amongst of the debris.

While Cutler says the whole situation could have been avoided, it could have been a lot worse.

"It possibly could have killed me. It could have killed him. No one was seriously injured. We're just traumatized and scared," she said.

Police say that Wood remains in the Lee County Jail.

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