Two homes were left with substantial damage after a stolen car ploughed through a garden wall and came to rest wedged against one of the homes.
A 58-year-old woman was in bed in one of the properties when she heard a “mighty bang” and looked out to see a car wedged up against the bungalow next door.
She told the Mail about the “terrifying” moment the Audi A4, which had been stolen earlier in a burglary in Granville Avenue, ploughed through a garden wall and collided with two bungalows, causing substantial damage to both properties.
Amazingly, the driver was able to get out of the crumpled vehicle and ran from the scene in Throston Grange Lane, near the Easington Road roundabout.
Police are hunting him and appealed for anyone who knows anything to tell them.
The woman, who lives in one of the bungalows and did not wish to be named, said: “All I heard was a mighty bang. I was just terrified, absolutely terrified.
I heard a mighty bang. Bricks came through the windows.Homeowner
“Bricks came through the windows. Luckily, I wasn’t in either of those rooms.
“How the driver got out of that is beyond me.
“It was horrendous, I haven’t had a wink of sleep.”
A passer-by called the police and checked on the resident.
She said: “There was a young lad at the door shouting ‘are you all right?’ –he called the police.
“I think the car must have been speeding down Throston Grange Lane.”
The woman said there have been several minor incidents in recent years but the latest is by far the most serious.
Her front garden wall has been demolished and two of her front windows boarded up. The force of the impact also knocked out phone lines and the Audi had to be winched out of the front garden.
Luckily, no one was at home at the time in the bungalow next door.
Police are still trying to trace the driver.
The burglary in which the Audi was stolen happened at Granville Avenue overnight, and it is believed that a separate theft from a vehicle in Linden Grove is linked to this incident.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Hartlepool Volume Crime Team on the non-emergency number 101.