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Driver charged with OVI after driving jeep into pool

Woman Drives Jeep Into Backyard Swimming Pool

LAKEWOOD, Ohio - An out-of-control driver becomes a "party crasher" in a west-side suburb -- and the person who nearly became a victim ended up saving the driver's life.

Fox 8 reports: An SUV submerged under water is not what one would expect to see at a backyard pool party -- but, that was the situation at the Lakewood home of Nancy and Trent Wilson.

"And, we looked towards the fence, we heard an explosion. I thought it was bomb. That's what everyone thought, it's just a bomb," Nancy Wilson said.

Lakewood police said that the driver raced down a driveway on Lake Avenue, crashed through a fence and landed in the swimming pool. Trent Wilson had opened the pool for the first time this year and had about 15 friends over for a party.

"The firemen, police said she was probably going about 30 to 40 miles an hour to break through the fence," he said.

Three people were actually in the pool when the jeep hit the water. Chris Sanford had just dove in.

"Literally when I hit the water that's when the jeep came through. So, if I would have waited two more seconds, I would have been struck in mid-air," Sanford said.

Sanford ended up saving the female driver from drowning.

"She had her safety belt on. I pulled her out of the vehicle. She went under a couple of times because I couldn't get her safety belt off and the door was locked. I successfully got her out of the car though," he said.

Sanford said the woman keep saying that her brakes were bad.

"But, the way that she hit that fence and she almost cleared this entire pool, there's no way that her brakes were bad," Sanford added.

Police said thar the driver was impaired. Cheryl Chapman, 46, of Lakewood has been charged with OVI.

Wilson knows that the situation could have been much worse and he is grateful no one was seriously hurt.

"If the pool was not here, who knows what would have happened. The pool probably saved her life and all my friends," he said.

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Berto July 14 2014 at 12:04 PM

What the hell is OVI? Who the hell uses that acronym? What's wrong with DUI, used by everyone else in the world?

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dheybulldog July 14 2014 at 1:20 PM

Question for Aol. Do you actually pay people to write these articles? The caliber of writing skills are atrocious. Many people/posters have commented on the ineptness and skill level or lack there of. Aol should heed the advice and take a more serious look at the articles being written and consider that you revamp the editors and writing staff.. It's quite pitiful.

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albury dheybulldog July 14 2014 at 6:03 PM

"The caliber of writing skills are [sic] atrocious."
The irony...

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nyhuguenot dheybulldog July 14 2014 at 6:39 PM

"Aol"? Not AOL? It's only one example of the horrendous letter you wrote to criticize someone else's writing skills. Is the word "more" really necessary in that sentence? Are you implying that they do look seriously at what is written but not seriously enough?

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Brian Workman July 14 2014 at 11:42 AM

OVI!? Operating Vehicle Ignorantly!?

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Dan July 14 2014 at 11:59 AM

I know what DUI and DWI mean but could someone please tell me what OVI means? Why didn't the writer of this article give us an explanation of what OVI (Operating Vehicle Impaired/Intoxicated?) means? ♣

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vobox3343 July 14 2014 at 2:18 PM

Who keeps a pool that nasty and filthy?

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gcanning775 July 14 2014 at 10:24 AM

all these carwashes look alike to me

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Dan gcanning775 July 14 2014 at 2:28 PM

Dunking the car in the pool does remind me of a Beverly Hillbillies episode where Jethro tried to invent a quickie carwash by dunking a car in the cement pond. ☺

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pdgrovebaskets July 14 2014 at 2:06 PM

What in the heck is an OVI?

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wrascil July 14 2014 at 7:04 PM

texting... I AM HERE N O W . . .

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Mike July 14 2014 at 10:34 AM

Nothing good ever happens in Ohio.

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Dan Mike July 14 2014 at 2:29 PM

In Ohio it would be pronounced "Car-Warsh." ☺

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Athena July 14 2014 at 1:21 PM

A little shallow here...(yes, pun intended)...Without this accident we wouldn't have had this pic with the guy in the swim trunks! Thanks!

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