THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit after two serious crashes over the weekend.
Two men were hurt, one seriously, when their car left the carriageway in Station Road, Penshaw, shortly before 2am on Sunday.
The black Ford Fiesta was travelling from the A183 roundabout when it swerved off the road, hit a garden wall, telegraph pole and a car parked in a driveway, before coming to rest in the middle of the road.
The owner of the parked car, who did not wish to be named, said one of the men had been lying in the road.
“It seems as though the passenger has been flung out of the side window of the car,” she said.
“I thought at first that he had been hit. You would not expect to see someone who had been in a car accident outside the car, so that’s initially what I thought had happened.”
Two men in the vehicle suffered serious injuries and were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where they remained yesterday as they received treatment.
One, aged 28, has minor injuries, while a 27-year-old’s condition is described as “serious, but not life-threatening.”
Northumbria Police have said two men have been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit, as part of an investigation into the smash.
The Penshaw collision came just 24 hours after a man escaped injury when a car crashed through the wall of his bedroom in Fulwell.
Neighbours described hearing a loud bang, which rattled the Rokerlea apartment block in Gladstone Street, shortly after 1am on Saturday.
Firefighters took until 3.30am to winch the car out of the side of the building, and structural engineers were drafted in to insert supports to stop the wall collapsing.
An area around the ground-floor flat on the corner was still cordoned off hours later. Debris, including a car bumper and a window frame, could be seen lying on the road, while a large section of the wall was boarded up.
A spokesman from Fulwell fire station said the flat’s occupant had “a lucky escape” after a large amount of debris ended up in the bedroom, where he was sleeping.
Neighbours said the man, believed to be a student, was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, but was not hurt.
A 23-year-old woman who lives near the scene said: “We heard this massive bang and my mam rushed to the window and looked out.
“Then, just after, the emergency services came, and they were worried about the structure of the home.
“The flats have only been there for about two years.
“The student who was sleeping in the bedroom was just shocked, but it could have been much worse.
“Just imagine being asleep and then that happens.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 1.04am police received a report that a car had crashed into the corner of a house at Rokerlea, Sunderland.
“A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and bailed.”
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.