Jo Ann Grohler said she and her husband Harold were asleep in bed when they were startled awake by the sound of an explosion about 5:55 a.m. Wednesday.
The couple moved quickly to make sure their home’s gas line wasn’t the source of the sound.
They made their way from their bedroom, which sits at the back of the home, toward the front.
Then, through the surrounding darkness, Jo Ann Grohler said she saw headlights piercing into her living room where a wall should have been.
“I thought, ‘Oh my God, there’s a car in my house,’?” she said.
Her realization was confirmed by continuous blasts from the blue SUV’s horn.
Grohler said the situation became even more bizarre when she recognized the vehicle’s driver as her next-door neighbor, who North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor identified as Chanea M. Stone.
Grohler said Stone struggled to find the words to explain what happened.
From what Grohler understood, the woman attempted to turn her vehicle around on Londonderry Road when she lost control, struck several mailboxes, drove through the couple’s front yard and into the house.
Pryor said no one was hurt in the incident, and he said Stone was ticketed for careless operation.