updated 6/20/2005 11:04:56 AM ET 2005-06-20T15:04:56

An airborne car crashed through the wall of a man’s bedroom, landing on him as he slept.

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“It hit the outside bedroom wall, continued through the bedroom, over the bed and partially exited through the side wall,” police Lt. Bob Rawlinson said. “The guy was pinned under the car and rolled up in the mattress.”

Ricky May suffered burns and injuries to one eye and his hand.

The driver of the car, Devlon Chandler, had fallen asleep at the wheel as he and his wife, Arninitra, were returning home from a casino in Greenville, Miss., police said.

Their car left the road, crossed a grassy area, clipped a utility pole, ruptured a gas main and went airborne before crashing into May’s house, about 500 feet from the road.

“The car was totally inside the house and a little bit sticking out through the other side,” Rawlinson said.

Rawlinson said there have been several fatal accidents within the last year at the same spot because of a long curve in the highway. He said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

May, 42, was taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to treatment of his eye injury, and he may have to have one finger amputated, police said. Rawlinson said Monday that May had been upgraded from serious condition.

Devlon Chandler, 34, also of Pine Bluff, was ticketed for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license and not having proof of insurance, police said.

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