Driver 'distracted' by woman crashes into Idaho home

Driver 'distracted' by woman crashes into Idaho home
LEWISTON, Idaho -- A drunken driver engaged in sexual activity with a woman in his truck plowed into a couple's home Sunday morning.

"All of a sudden, 'Wham!!' It sounded like a bomb went off," said Teresa Weatherby.

Weatherby and her husband had been in the kitchen only moments before the truck came crashing through.

"Timing was perfect. Obviously we had angels that night," said the homeowner.

Lewiston police say 30-year-old Johnathan Schlee lost control of his 2003 Dodge pickup truck and drove through the Weatherby's kitchen.

"The vehicle essentially left the roadway; no skid marks, no evasive abrupt turning actions and drove right through the house," Capt. Roger Lanier said.

The force of the impact was so great the Weatherby's oven was pushed into their neighbor's front yard.

"Turned around and our kitchen was gone. Absolutely no walls. The light was still on," Teresa Weatherby said.

The Weatherbys got out of the house and called 911.

"He was very drunk and his girlfriend, the woman that was with him, was very drunk," Teresa Weatherby said about Schlee and the unidentified passenger in the man's truck.

According to the police report, Schlee's blood alcohol level was double the legal limit at the time of the crash. He told officers he lost his concentration while having sexual relations with the woman in his truck while driving.

"His own words: He was being distracted by his female passenger. In what way? We didn't ask," Lanier said.

Left to pick up the pieces, the Weatherbys say insurance should cover most of the damage, but fixing their house could take six months.

"There's been moments where I've been upset and angry because of some of the keepsakes, but then you realize it's just stuff," Teresa Weatherby said.

As for Schlee, the Weatherbys hope their losses will remind drivers, including Schlee, not to drink and drive.

"If he learned from this, its all worth it. He won't end up killing someone," Teresa Weatherby said.