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Car crashes into home, misses sleeping man by inches

CHARLESTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Kalamazoo County man got a rude awakening Wednesday morning when a car smashed into his bedroom.

The crash happened about 2:00 a.m. near the intersection of Fort Custer Drive and 40th Street in Charleston Township.  The homeowner, Jared Mitchell, wasn't injured.  He tells FOX 17 that the car stopped just short of the end of his bed.

"I just went to bed, heard a loud noise, looked out the window and seen two headlights coming down on me," said Mitchell. "[I] had no time to react, covered my face and next thing you know, a car plowed through the house.”

The Kalamazoo County Undersheriff tells FOX 17 that the driver wasn't injured either, but will face charges for operating while intoxicated.

Undersheriff Jim VanDyken tells FOX 17 that this is the second vehicle to crash into the house in the past two months, and the fourth time in the past four years. Mitchell has lived there for ten.

" We’ve been calling the road commission with the county, not having too much luck yet," he said.

"This all started after I-94 was reconfigured. So we’re getting double the traffic we used to. The first six years living here, no accidents, nothing. Neighbors that have lived here for 30 years said there were no accidents up until these last four years. So it just started these last four years.”

The home sits on a 90-degree turn. See photos of the damage below:

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