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APD: Man falls asleep at wheel, slams into home

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A car crashes into a home in the Circle C Neighborhood in Southwest Austin Tuesday morning.

Police say a man driving a Volvo on Escarpment Road fell asleep behind the wheel around 5:15 a.m., veered off the road, and into Brian Jones' home on the corner of Salcon Cliff Drive.

"It's a heck of a way to wake up in the morning," Jones said. "Ran to front of the house not knowing what to expect."

The car slammed into Jones' home office and knocked down a structural beam. The first thing he thought of was his 8-year-old daughter.

"We were terrified. Our daughter was upstairs. We didn't know if it was something involving her, maybe she had gotten up in the middle of the night," Jones said.

Plywood now covers up part of the front of the house. Uprooted bushes, bricks, and a broken glass door sit in the middle of the front yard.

Damage is visible from inside the home too. The impact left big cracks in the wall. The front door can't be opened.

"I tried to open the front door but it was wedged shut because there was a Volvo that had knocked into it," Jones said. "It's a very sturdy car."

Tank, the pug, was so scared, he hid in the bathroom. But the Jones say, all this is replaceable, they're just glad the driver is ok. The 8-year-old is glad too.

"She's the person with a story to tell at school today so she's very excited about it. In fact, she wanted to come home and be on the news," Jones said.

The Jones can't stay in their home until an engineer tells them it's safe to return.

No official amount on the damage but Brian Jones guesses between $50,000 to $75,000.

No one was injured and the driver is expected to be ok. Police say he won't face any charges.

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