“I thought the house exploded!” Abilene woman describes car crashing into her house while she slept

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – When you go to bed, you’re usually counting on the alarm clock to wake you up. Maybe you sleep in on the weekend. An Abilene woman had a much noisier, and much more frightening wake up call early Saturday morning.

“I was asleep on the sofa about 2:15, 2:30”, says Chris Ratcliff. “I thought the house exploded and was on fire, because my living room was full of smoke.” That smoke, and the orange light filling the living room came not from an explosion, but a car.

“I thought somebody was seriously injured. I went back in and got my cell phone”, says Ratcliff. Even though she wasn’t hurt by the car, she wasn’t out of trouble just yet. “When I came back out, a gentleman met me beside the front door, and he said, ‘You’re not calling the police.'”

Landlord Gayle Doby describes what happened next: “He pushed her up against the wall, an said, ‘no’, and he grabbed her phone.” Without her phone, Ratcliff went to a convenience store to call 9-1-1. When she got back home, the car was gone, but it left an easy trail to follow.

“You can right now go down 27th and see bricks where they flew off the car”, says Ratcliff. Even on Monday, the bricks could still be found in the turning lane, alongside the street, and one large pile at the intersection of South 27th Street and Ivanhoe Lane.

That trail of bricks and debris led police to their suspect, one that Ratcliff was able to identify in a photo lineup. Even though she’s safe now, Ratcliff is shaken, but thankful. Just recently, she had decided to rearrange her living room, moving the sofa. If she hadn’t, she may not have been as fortunate. “It was definitely a God thing”, she says.

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