DeLand, Fla. resident Robert Gutheil had one hell of a night on Wednesday. And unfortunately, it almost ended with him getting seriously injured or killed in a car crash. However, it wasn't the kind of car crash that we're used to hearing about.
Early Thursday morning, just before 7 a.m., Gutheil was driving home after a night out with a blood alcohol level of .307—or roughly four times the legal limit in Florida. As a result, the 44-year-old man lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet and crashed it into the side of a house in DeLand. But the craziness didn't stop there. The owner of the house Michael Nordman was startled out of his sleep by the accident and mistakenly thought that someone was trying to break into his house. And because he had his wife, three kids, and a 93-year-old relative inside the home at the time, Nordman grabbed a gun to protect himself and started firing at Gutheil. Gutheil, who was sitting in the driver's seat of the car during all of this, sat back and watched as a ton of bullets hit his car's windshield and hood. But none of the bullets hit him. And amazingly, when police arrived just a few minutes later, Gutheil actually got out of the car and attempted to walk away from the scene of the crime.
He didn't make it far, though. Police caught up with Gutheil just outside of the Nordman residence and placed him under arrest. And they charged him with careless driving (uhhh…ya think?!) and driving under the influence (for the record, Nordman was not charged with any crimes for firing his gun at Gutheil). See? One hell of a night. And now Gutheil is going to have to pay the price for it.
[via Orlando Sentinel]