110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Police: Drunken driver slams into house in West DeLand
No one hurt; driver arrested, police said
posted Oct 17, 2013 - 7:34:06am
DeLand police said it was a drunken driver who slammed into the front door of a home at 800 W. Voorhis Ave. this morning just after 6:30 a.m., crushing the door frame and causing the occupants to think their home was being broken into by robbers.
No one was hurt, including the driver, who was arrested by police. Police identified the driver as 46-year-old Robert Guthell.
The DeLand Police Department reported that homeowner Michael Nordman, awakened by the crash and believing his home was being burglarized, armed himself with a .45-caliber handgun and went into his living room, where he encountered Guthell standing next to the car, which had come to a stop partially inside the Nordman home.
Police said Nordman fired several shots, striking the vehicle's windshield, and Guthell exited the house, as the Nordman family escaped out the back to seek refuge with a neighbor.
Several neighbors out walking their dogs or running for exercise reported hearing the gunfire, and others reported hearing an explosionlike sound that caused the ground to rumble.
At 6:45 a.m., police got a call reporting a possible burglary in progress with shots fired, and sent several officers to the neighborhood, which was blanketed in heavy fog as the sun was just beginning to come up.
Guthell was arrested on the scene and was charged with driving under the influence. Police said Guthell's blood-alcohol level was .307. A blood-alcohol level of .08 is considered legally drunk.
Just after 8 a.m., a 2004 two-door silver Chevy Cavalier, its air bags deployed, had been loaded up in the front yard of the house by a wrecker from Dixon's Auto Service. Concerned neighbors were stopping by to check on the Nordmans.
Deep tire ruts scarred the front yard of the home, leading from West Voorhis Avenue up the sidewalk and to the front door.
No charges were filed against Nordman, police said.
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