A family say they are ‘lucky’ to have escaped uninjured after an out-of-control car fleeing police landed upside down in the front garden of their home.
Now the family – which includes three children – say they are grateful nobody was hurt following the incident at 11.30am on Sunday.
The driver managed to get out of the vehicle through a window and ran off after the family heard a loud bang and called the police.
It has emerged that Staffordshire Police had earlier been pursuing the vehicle.
The family said: “We heard a bang and I thought the shelving had fallen down in the house, but we looked outside and found the car in the front garden. It had come through the hedges and we have no idea how.
“It was insane, I looked out of the window and a car was in our garden upside down on a Sunday morning. We were amazed when it happened.
“My children said to me ‘there’s a car outside’ and my eldest said that it looked like someone had been playing the video game Rocket League.
“Luckily it missed the house by about an inch, we were quite lucky. It’s just the hedges that were damaged. We think the driver must have crawled out of the car window and run off.
“We rang the police and said there was a car in my garden. Undercover cops had been chasing it in three cars. A couple of people came out in the street and were watching.
“It could have been a lot worse and we’re really grateful that no-one was hurt. An hour later and we would have been leaving the house so we were very lucky.
“I’m just happy that no-one was hurt.”
The family say nothing like this has happened in the street before as everyone drives carefully due to there being two schools in the area.
And they hope the police manage to find the person responsible.
They added: “It was bizarre because nothing like that has happened here before.
“People are usually really careful because of the schools and the nursery here. It is crazy to speed like that in a residential area.
“We were just sat in our house and you don’t expect this to happen in a residential area. I hope the police manage to find the driver. They can’t go round driving like that.”
Neighbour Brenda Foulkes watched the drama unfold.
The 78-year-old said: “I heard a bang and I thought it was something upstairs.
“I’ve been here for 43 years and nothing like that has happened before. It could have been a lot worse, they have three little kids in that house.
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“I’m just glad everyone is fine. You can mend a fence, but you can’t mend a life.
“The driver must be OK because they managed to get out. I do hope the police manage to track them down.”
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident. They should call the police on 101.