Drink-drive arrest after six cars hit

DAMAGE A car and the front garden which belongs to Roy and June Phillips in Clayhall Road, Gosport
DAMAGE A car and the front garden which belongs to Roy and June Phillips in Clayhall Road, Gosport

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SIX parked cars in the same road were damaged after the driver of a Land Rover lost control.

Neighbours in Clayhall Road, Gosport, were woken at 4.21am on New Year’s Day by the series of crashes, which caused an estimated £2,000 worth of damage to the road.

Three cars were damaged on one side of the road after being hit by the black Land Rover.

The out-of-control vehicle ended up further along, diagonally to the right, where a Honda CRV was pushed back on to the bonnet of a Volkswagen Polo.

A brick pillar and fence were smashed in the garden next to the two cars. That left June Phillips, 75, and her husband Roy, 81, unable to get out of their garden.

June said: ‘There was just this terrific bang. We looked out the bedroom window and saw it. We couldn’t get out of our garden. If it wasn’t for the post we think it would’ve gone into the house.’

June’s neighbour Elizabeth Hughes, 48, said: ‘My husband looked out the window and saw our car on top of Roy and June’s car and just debris everywhere.

‘There was a fence there which was completely over and the pillar was everywhere and there was a big Range Rover in the middle of the road. There was a woman shouting: “it’s going to explode, it’s going to explode”.

‘We turned around and realised that it affected the whole road here, there were wheels everywhere.

‘The Range Rover had lost both its wheels and there were three cars in the middle that have been written off.’

A VW Polo and VW Golf, owned by Melvin Knapp, 28, and his wife Cathy, 27, were among the first to be hit.

Mr Knapp said: ‘I looked out the window and the cars had gone. I went outside and saw them both about 30ft further down the road.’

Police arrested a 23-year-old man from Portsmouth at 4.46am the same day in South Street, Gosport, on suspicion of drink driving.

He has been bailed until February 12.