A father who had a lucky escape when a car crashed into his home this morning said it all seemed like a ‘bad dream’.
Skid-marks stretch across the path at Alexandra Road, in Ashington, Northumberland, after the car smashed into a semi-detached home at around 8.24am on Sunday.
Inside the property the householders, a man and woman aged 26 and 24, walked downstairs to a scene of devastation.
The car had wiped out a street sign when the driver lost control before it smashed through a front garden wall, the bay window and the living room wall.
A radiator was ripped from its spot and pushed to the other end of the room while the television smashed as it was thrown across the floor.
The householder, a 26-year-old father who did not wish to be named, said it was lucky the couple’s 20-month-old son was not at home.
Ordinarily, he said he would have been in the living room with the youngster watching children’s television at that time.
Luckily, the child was staying with grandparents and the couple were having a lie-in after a night out with friends.
He said: “We were in bed this morning when we heard this almighty crash downstairs.
“I thought it must be in my dream but my partner was shaking saying someone had crashed into the house.
“I opened the window and I could see a car half a car poking outside of the house.”
Three men were seen running away from the scene.
Police have since arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving but are still trying to trace the two others.
The father added: “I could hear the neighbours shouting, telling the people who were running away that they had to stay.
“I can’t remember what I said, I was in shock. We went downstairs and the whole house was in total disarray.
“The radiator was pushed to the wall and there are markings everywhere.
“There is not one thing that isn’t marked by this, even right through to the back window.
“Aside from the damage, it is frightening. I am very lucky. Last week, my son and I were in the living room watching telly.
“There is no way we would have survived it if we were in the room.
“This has turned our lives upside down but we are pleased to be still here and to be able to continue to live.”
Neighbours have today been helping out, calling in favours to produce a skip for the rubble and helping out with the clean-up.
“Everybody’s been out and pulled together,” the householder said.
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries and asking any witnesses to get in come forward.
“Inquiries are ongoing to trace two passengers who were in the car. They are asked to get in contact with police.
“Any witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 472 200714.”