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Video: Drunk Driver Smashes Through 7-Eleven

One unsuspecting shopper barely escapes with her life.

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By Rebecca Gray

04/04/12

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You walk into a 7-Eleven to pick up a lottery ticket and perhaps a snack. All is calm. Then the walls literally crash in around you. On Monday Jonaya Peterson, of Waterbury, Connecticut experienced exactly this terrifying situation. A black SUV smashed through the store window directly behind her, grazing her back and narrowly avoiding killing her. She instinctively jumped up onto the counter, out of the vehicle's way, as it reversed back over the broken glass and debris and drove off. The driver was Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Kennedy Dowdell. When the cops caught up with him, he refused to take a sobriety test because, “I’m drunk and I know I will fail the test.” Dowdell appeared in court yesterday on charges of third degree assault and operating a vehicle under the influence. Peterson was taken to the hospital, but was unharmed. “I think I’m very lucky,” she says. “My angels were looking over me because, after seeing that video—it's hard to watch.”

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