THIS is the man accused of driving offences after a car crashed into a house where a couple and their newborn baby were sleeping.
Daniel Young, 25, is facing three charges following an incident in the village of East Sleekburn, near Bedlington, Northumberland, last summer.
Susan and Jason Hughes, and their 12-week-old son Daniel, were in bed when an out-of-control BMW ploughed into the side of their house at just after 5am on Sunday, July 22.
The vehicle was left embedded in the brick wall of the property after crashing through the stone garden wall and shattering the living room window.
No one was injured in the crash, although Mrs Hughes and her baby had a lucky escape as the living room was where she usually feeds Daniel if he wakes during the night.
A man was later arrested and released on police bail.
Yesterday Young, of Lumley Court, Bedlington, appeared before the town’s magistrates charged with careless driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.
Magistrates refused an application by his solicitor, Kyle Patterson, for an adjournment of the case because of legal aid problems.
Instead, the bench formally entered a plea of not guilty to the charges on Young’s behalf.
Proceedings were adjourned for a trial in May, but a review hearing will be held in the meantime.
At the time of the incident, Mrs Hughes, a community nurse in Newcastle, was too upset to speak about it.
Her stepfather, George Thompson, said: “She was in shock. She would normally have been in that chair, feeding. If he (the baby) had woken up to be fed, that is where they would have been.
“They are a very lucky couple.”
The front door of the couple’s neighbours was also hit and damaged.
Their direct neighbours and two other properties were evacuated as a precaution, amid fears of a gas leak.
Gas and electric officials visited to ensure the properties were safe, with the occupants of the two undamaged homes allowed back in later that morning.