Startled driver was lucky he had a gun

January 19, 2010 9:47:11 AM PST
Authorities in Northern California say a man managed to shoot his way out of a tight spot -- his SUV. The driver plunged into a creek after losing control of his vehicle. He escaped from the sinking SUV by shooting out a window with his gun. He works as an armed security guard at the Thunder Valley Casino, north of Sacramento.

According to a spokesman for the Roseville Fire Department, the man says he was startled when the hands-free device of his cell phone activated. He escaped with some minor injuries.