Nobody was injured when an SUV barreled into a duplex at 10th and Capitol Thursday morning.
According to Milwaukee Police, it happened just before 5 a.m.
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The Jeep SUV ended up inside the first floor living room.
The home's current tenant, who only wanted to be identified as Theo, said he felt lucky to be alive.
"I was dead asleep," Theo said. "My first reaction was, 'what is going on? Is it an explosion? A fire?' I couldn't see anything because there was so much smoke, and drywall, and whatever."
"Then I saw a lady trying to creep out of the car," he said. "I called 911. I'm just confused and mentally shaken up right now."
Police said the driver of the SUV was not impaired and is cooperating with authorities.
They said they're investigating the incident as a routine crash, although the driver was cited for inattentive driving.
Neighbors walking by stopped to watch a tow crew remove the jeep from the home around 7:30 a.m.
"That's quite a leap from the street to that house," said Donald Brown, who lives nearby. "It seems almost impossible."
Authorities at the scene said Theo and one other tenant will have to evacuate for a couple of days while city crews board up and brace the wallthat was reduced to rubble in the crash.
"I have family I can stay with," Theo said. "I'm OK. I'm standing here. That's the main thing, that I'm alive."
Both the driver and the building's owner are insured.