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Neighbor Says Driver Who Plowed Through Home Asked 'Where's My Tab?'

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - A woman was taken into custody after she slammed her car into a Lauderdale Lakes home.

Nicole Bailey, 21, has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving injury.

Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, Bailey's car veered off the road and crashed through the living room of the house on NW 39th Street and NW 52nd Avenue, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Two people who live the home, a male and female, were asleep when the crash happened. They were taken to the hospital where they were treated for cuts and scratches from falling debris.

Bailey's car crashed through the living room, kitchen and dining room.

Car Into House
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The woman who lived in the home told her sister that the impact was so intense she thought it was an earthquake.

"When she heard the noise, she got up and ran and saw the whole house was smoking and stuff like that. She said it was like an earthquake, that's what she said, the last thing she said to me is that she thought it was the end of the world for her," said Yolette Lareus, the woman's sister.

A building inspector said the crash knocked out two support beams and the home is unsafe to live in.

"I've been a building official for 20 years and I don't think I've seen one go that far into a house," said Dean Decker.

When paramedics and sheriff's deputies arrived Bailey was not in the car. She was spotted by neighbors wandering around the neighborhood in her bra and pants asking if anyone had seen her Volkswagen Jetta, according to sheriff's spokesman Mike Jachles.

"I saw the girl running down the street, sprinting," said Kimberly Auld. "The girl then walked back and was like, 'Where's my tab?' Maybe she thought she was still in a bar. She was just saying she had no idea who had her car."

Bailey's family said she was on her way home from work, as a server, when the accident happened. They believe she was disoriented from the crash and exploding airbag.

Auld said the strange behavior continued.

"She was like, 'I've been looking for my car all day and I don't even know where my car is.  I don't know how I ended up here.'  So we're like, 'Your car is in my neighbor's house, like it's right there, how do you not know where your car is?'"

Eventually she walked back to the scene of the crash and was taken into custody. Jachles said deputies found marijuana and Bailey's ID in the car.

Investigators say when Bailey tried to negotiate a curve, she lost control and went into the house.

"It was the middle of the night, whether somebody was impaired or not certainly could be a factor, speed could certainly be a consideration," said Jachles.

Bailey's father told CBS4 he was disappointed and thought what she did was a stupid thing to do.

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