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Suspect in home collision released

DULUTH - A man who crashed his car into a Duluth house on Wednesday morning and then fell asleep in the homeowner's bed tested at twice the legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

Bradley Andrew Zorn, 22, bonded out of the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon. He faces a charge of DUI, but police said he could already be back behind the wheel.

Zorn's license was taken away when he was arrested, but he can still drive on the citation until he goes to court, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Authorities said Zorn was driving toward home on Cardinal Lake Drive when he made an unplanned detour about a mile away from his house, which is in the same subdivision.

He reportedly lost control of his 1997 Buick Lesabre at a bend in the road and careened off the pavement. The car zoomed down a lawn and mowed over some shrubbery before crashing through the large picture window of a two-story house. It struck a Mercedes S320 that was parked in the garage before coming to rest, Moloney said.

A neighbor who heard the predawn ruckus drove over to the house to investigate. He reportedly saw Zorn get out of the car as smoke billowed from the garage. Zorn had to climb over the vehicle to get out. He then called out to the neighbor, "Let's go," motioning as if he was going to leave, Moloney said.

The neighbor told Zorn to sit down while he tried to find the homeowner. However, when he turned back around Zorn was sitting in the neighbor's car. The neighbor ordered him out of the car and told him to sit on the ground.

While the neighbor was talking to the resident of the house, Zorn ran past them both and darted inside. Officers arrived a few minutes later to find the front of the Buick still thrust up into the air in the garage, its tires spinning and kicking up a cloud of dust from the broken bricks and debris.

Zorn was located in the homeowner's bed upstairs, tucked securely under the covers "as if he was asleep," Moloney said.

"They detected a strong odor of alcohol as they entered the room," Moloney added.

Zorn was carted off to the Gwinnett County police precinct, where police say he tested at almost twice the legal limit for blood alcohol level.