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'Narrow escape' after car crashes into house

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A Waterloo woman is safe after a car crashed into her home Tuesday night. 

The homeowner, Angel Burt, was right inside her house during the moment of impact, but remarkably doesn't have a single bruise. 

Burt says her narrow escape is all because of her dog, which is the reason why she wasn't down in her basement at the time of the crash. 

"Scared me to death," said Burt. "Only thing I could say is thank the Lord, because that's my gas right there where they patched it, and that's my electric box. So it was in between my gas and my electric box so the only thing I can say is thank you Lord, he spared my life once more again." 

Burt was doing laundry in her basement, when she says her dog started to get fussy, that's when she went upstairs to tend for her dog, and then heard the crash. 

"I thought it was a bomb in my basement," said Burt. "When the guys jumped out, I was trying to run to get in the house and they were right there by me, like we could touch each other you know, but they kept on going and jumped over the fence." 

Police say the Dodge Neon crashed into Hurt's home at 204 Conger Street after the driver of the car led police on a chase through Waterloo.

Waterloo Police say the chase all started after they attempted to pull the driver 18-year-old Tyran Collins over for an active warrant. The passenger in the car was 23-year-old Nathaniel Whitaker.

Witnesses say the driver, Collins, was going about 80 mph and was head westbound on Conger Street when a police car blocked the road. Collins tried to make a turn onto Cutler Street, but instead plowed through a chain link fence, crashed into the home, and sent cinder blocks flying into the home's basement. 

After the crash, witnesses say the two young men got out of the car and took off running. Police arrested them in an alley not far from the crash site.

Collins was arrested and charged with eluding police, assault on a peace officer, interference, reckless driving, speeding, failure to obey stop signs and lights, controlled substance violation, possession of a controlled substance and failure to have insurance. He remained in the Black Hawk County Jail on a $16,000 bond.

Whitaker was taken to Unity Point Health-Allen Hospital for a cut to his head, then arrested on charges of interference and a parole violation. He remained in the Black Hawk County Jail on a no-bond hold.

"It was devastating you know I just couldn't believe it you know," said Burt. "I'm still here. I'm still here. I'm still here."

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