DeLand homeowner shoots at man who drove car into his house - FOX 35 News Orlando

DeLand homeowner shoots at man who drove car into his house

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DELAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

DeLand police officers say that around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday morning Robert Gutheil drove his car over a curb through the lawn of a family's home and into their living room. 

Investigators say Gutheil, 46, was intoxicated and behind the wheel of the 2004 Chevy when he smashed through the front door.

The homeowner and his wife woke up to the sound of the crash, thinking someone was breaking into their home.  The homeowner grabbed a gun, and before the dust even settled, started firing shots into the car in his living room.

The homeowner, his wife, his 93-year-old aunt, and three children were in the home at the time and ran out a side door to a neighbor's house to call 911.

"My mom thought she heard shots this morning, so we kept looking out," said Jared Mitchell, who lives across the street.  "We didn't want to just call police, because we weren't sure what happened, but then I saw out of the blackness, brake lights sticking out of the front door."

Police say Gutheil was given a breathalyzer test at the scene.  They say his blood alcohol level was a .30, nearly four times the legal limit.

Gutheil was booked in the Volusia County Jail and charged with DUI and careless driving.  The homeowner will not face any charges.

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