Driver slams into house, flees without dog

Authorities are searching for the driver who took a wild ride through a Durham neighborhood then left their dog behind in the wreckage.
March 20, 2013 10:37:23 AM PDT
The driver who took a wild ride through a Durham neighborhood then left her dog behind in the wreckage allegedly blames the incident on a sleep medication.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. on S. Plum Street.

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Police said the driver sideswiped two parked cars before slamming into the front of a house.

There was serious damage to the home, but no one was injured.

"We were all in the back of the house and we heard a loud crash and I thought something fell or somebody was trying to break into the house," Marji Smith said.

She said her front door looked like it had been kicked in, and when she opened it she saw the hood of the car and was staring face-to-face at the driver.

"I'm telling her, 'What are you doing?' And she's revving the car," Smith said. "I don't know if she was trying to pull it out, but it wasn't going anywhere. There's transmition fluid everywhere."

Smith said the driver looked dazed and tried to walk away, but police came and arrested her and took her dog that she left behind in the car.

Smith, who rents the home, said she was worried because she has three kids and her landlord was not able to start on repairs until the weekend.

"Cannot secure my home," she said. "I couldn't even buy supplies. I can't rip the wall out. I can't take this whole thing out. It has to be done by a professional, so there's nothing that I can do. I don't own the house."

Smith said she's not looking for a handout, just a way to keep her family safe.

"I am a single parent and I work pay check to pay check," she said. "I don't have money to go to a hotel and stay or even wait for a reimbursement check. We just have no place to go."

The American Red Cross has offered to help Smith and her children until repairs can be made.

Meanwhile, authorities have not released the name of the driver or said what charges she would possibly face.

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