Car smashes into home, traps resident in bathtub

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is lucky to be alive after a car smashed into his home while he was inside taking a bath.

The car smashed into the front of the home at 8100 Lance Drive in the Wilshire Hills neighborhood near Wilshire and the turnpike around 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

The point of impact was the bathtub and inside that tub, just taking a bath on a Sunday afternoon, was Gary Melton.

“He had minor injuries, mostly just cuts and bruises is what it appears right now. But he was trapped in the tub, couldn’t get out on his own,” said District Chief, Chad Everett with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Firefighters had to hook the car up to a wench and pull it out of the house before rescuing the man.

Melton’s mother, Gwen Melton, was in the kitchen of their home when the car hit.

“It sounded like a bomb, but then it felt like an earthquake,” said Gwen Melton. “He said help me out, help me out. Well there was no way I could get to him.”

Jeremy Stuart, 25, was behind the wheel of the car.

He says he simply fell asleep.

“I was driving and apparently daylight savings time caught up to me, fell asleep driving and I must have hit the gas while driving,” said Stuart.

Stuart says the next thing he remembers is waking up with his car wedged into the house.

He says he was out late the night before and only got about an hour of sleep.

Police say he was not intoxicated and simply wrote him a ticket for failure to devote full-time and attention while driving.

Stuart was not injured.

“I got a busted lip, that’s it. So I mean, well, because being asleep, I was loose. I’ve heard if you tense up before a car accident, I’ve heard that you get hurt more,” said Stuart.

The Meltons are now left with a giant mess in the bathroom and adjoining bedroom.

But Gwen Melton says Gary’s granddaughter and daughter-in-law were also in the home and the situation could have been much worse.

“What if the baby had been sitting on the commode or Mariko, she’s pregnant. That would not be good,” said Gwen Melton.

Gary Melton was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

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