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Woman crashes into Idaho man's yard after drag racing

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POST FALLS, Idaho -

Rex Hyatt, of Post Falls, came home Sunday night from a 13-hour shift of working construction to find his yard full of people, fire engines and police cars. I thought it was a fire, he told KHQ. Not a fire, but something much more complicated.

"I guess she came down this road," says Hyatt pointing at Riverview Drive which sits opposite his house on Spokane St. "And she just ran right over the concrete island, over the stop sign and came up through the yard here."

Deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office say Shariah Whitney, 23, of Spokane Valley, was speeding down the Riverview Drive when she lost control and ended up in Hyatt's yard. In Hyatt's yard, the tire tracks are still visible leaving a trail leading up to the garage door. Hyatt's in-laws had their car parked in front of the garage and deputies say Whitney crashed into it. While the in-laws are steaming, Hyatt is happy the car was there, because the alternative could have been much worse.

"At the very least she would have gone through the garage and hit either my car or my wife's car," says Hyatt. "At least they made a turn, because the family room is right where she was headed and someone would have had a car in my lap."

Whitney was arrested at the scene and charged with excessive DUI, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. All misdemeanor charges. She was also served tickets for open container, no insurance and injury to a child...in her car at the time of the crash was her five year old daughter and another 15-year-old passenger.

"It was lucky that no one got hurt," says Hyatt.

Whitney made her first court appearance on Monday afternoon and is being held on a $3,600 bond.

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