DELAND, Fla. - When a car crashed into his DeLand home Thursday morning, Michael Nordman awoke and thought a burglar was in the house. So he pulled out a gun and fired several shots, hitting the vehicle, according to police.
Police said Robert Guthiel, 46, accidentally crashed into the front of the West Voorhis Avenue house at 6:45 a.m.
Police said Nordman, after hearing the crash, took his .45-caliber handgun and went into the living room which was filled with dust and debris. That is when he fired the shots that hit the car's windshield and hood.
Nordman, his wife, three children and a 93-year-old releative went next door to a neighbor's house to wait for police to arrive.
According to police, Guthiel was seen leaving the house on the driver's side of the vehicle when officers arrived.
A neighbor told Channel 9 that there have been several burglaries in the area and he isn't surprised by the gunfire.
"I probably would have started shooting too. I can't blame him for that," said Richard Beach.
Police said Guthiel was arrested for driving under the influence. They said he had a blood alcohol level of .307. He is also charged with careless driving.
Police said Guthiel was traveling south on High Street when he ran a stop sign and drove nearly 200 feet before crashing into the house.
No one was injured in the incident and no charges have been filed against Nordman, according to police.