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Witnesses tell how out-of-control car smashed into line of cars and house in Portsmouth

A suspected drink-driver ploughed into a house in Gibraltar Road, Eastney, Portsmouth during teh night of Sunday, July 13

Picture Steve Crimmins

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A suspected drink-driver ploughed into a house in Gibraltar Road, Eastney, Portsmouth during teh night of Sunday, July 13 Picture Steve Crimmins Submit

 

RESIDENTS have told of their shock after car was smashed into seven parked vehicles and then ploughed into a house in the middle of the night.

The incident happened at about 11.20pm on Sunday in Gibraltar Road, Eastney.

A Kia Magentis collided with cars parked in the road before it jumped up onto the kerb, smashed through a wooden fence and hit a house.

Jennifer Miles, 35, and her husband Simon live in the house which was hit by the car.

Mrs Miles said the incident was ‘terrifying’. ‘We heard a banging and a scraping and we looked out of our window and saw that a car crashed into our house.

‘It sounded like an explosion and the upstairs window shook a bit.

‘I think it woke the whole street up.’

Mrs Miles said her husband was on a sofa just behind the front window – directly in the car’s path.

She said: ‘The police said if it hadn’t been for the neighbours’ cars it would have come through the living room window. It’s terrifying what could have happened and I’m grateful that it didn’t.

‘We’re lucky that the road was fully parked up.’

Mrs Miles said their porch would now probably need replacing.

A Citroën C4 Picasso belonging to nearby resident Steve Crimmins was written off in the accident.

Mr Crimmins, 40, said his car was parked in front of the house that was hit by the driver.

He said the incident left him shocked: ‘I was sitting in my dining room laughing one minute and I was in tears the next.

‘You can make your own surmises about what would have happened if my car hadn’t been there.’

Mr Crimmins said after the car came to a halt, the driver staggered out and tried to fight neighbours and paramedics who came to help.

‘At first he tried to drive away but the car was embedded in there and there was no way it was coming out. Then he tried to run away.’

Mr Crimmins said neighbours had to hold him down on the ground to restrain him.

‘He tried to bite the paramedics.,’ he said. ‘He started yelling out things like “get off me, I’m Winston Churchill!”.’

The driver was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he was treated for head injuries.

n A 66-year-old man from Southsea has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in connection with the incident and is on bail until August 11.

 

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