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Thank Dog! Canine Credited for Saving Resident's Life When Intoxicated Driver Plows Into Home

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A Compton woman was left uninjured and thanking the dog last night when an intoxicated driver crashed his SUV into her home last night. Calling for her dog Cobra, then leaving the room to chase him, the resident would have been sitting exactly where the vehicle slammed into the home had she not gotten up to go after him, reports the Daily Breeze.

The crash happened at approximately 10:35 Tuesday night, and the driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old Compton man, and his passenger, also a 20-year-old Compton man, jumped from the car and attempted to flee the scene after impact. Neighbors, however, chased them down until the authorities arrived. The driver was arrested by the CHP for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. His passenger was detained, but not arrested.

No one in or out of the house or car was injured. The residents of the home, however, were required to wait until the structure was inspected and cleared in order to re-enter the building.