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A 53-year-old man is recovering from injuries after a taxi cab drove through his Glendale Heights home, while police continue to look for the driver, who ran away on foot.

The car went through a side wall and caused heavy damage to a bedroom on the 1800 block of Gregory Avenue, around 1:10 a.m.

53-year-old Shawn Grisch suffered a dislocated shoulder, some cracked ribs and a lacerated spleen when the cab came driving through his home while he was asleep. He is currently recovering at GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights.

"There's a guardian angel watching over me, I'll tell you that," Shawn Grisch said.

"He drove through the house. My dad and my dog were both trapped under a wall," said the homeowner's daughter, Cheryl Grisch.

"If my dad was sleeping a little further on the other side of the bed he probably would have been right underneath the car," said Ryan Grisch. "All you can see left of the bed was the pillows where you put your head and the headboard. So the whole rest of the bed was underneath the car. And on top of that, there was a treadmill on top of the bed."

Police are looking for a male Hispanic, 5'9" with a stocky build. They say the cab that crashed through the Grisch home overnight has not been reported stolen. And while detectives have yet to speak with the independent contractor who's been leasing the car since July, they did find alcohol inside the vehicle.

"They have identified the person who leased the vehicle, but we have not identified that person as the driver," said Glendale Heights Deputy Police Chief Steve Ewoldt.

Shawn Grisch's ex-wife was in the next room when it all came down. She saw the driver take off on foot.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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