A MUM said today she’s “lucky to be alive” after a police car answering a 999 call ploughed into her house.
Despite being sat just a foot away from the wall which crumbled on impact, shocked Sharon Dean said her first reaction was to rush outside to check the driver wasn’t hurt.
The 47-year-old mum-of-three said she had had a lucky escape.
“The first thing I did was to jump up and run outside to check the driver was OK. That’s when I realised it was a police car,” said Sharon.
“It isn’t until now when I look back at what happened I realise how lucky I have been.”
The policeman who was driving the car was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital after the smash, in Eleventh Street, in Horden.
Sharon was sitting with her son Peter Smeatham, 26, and her friend Norman Ayre, 61, watching the television when the car hit the front of the house.
“There was just this huge smash,” said Sharon, who is also mum to Julie, 29, and Daryl, 27. I ran outside and rang for an ambulance.
“I was sat right next to where it’s happened so I realise it could have been a lot worse. I think I’m lucky to be alive.”
Her son, Peter said: “I was just sat watching Murder, She Wrote with my mam and Norman and next thing I know there was this crash. It’s bad, but I think it could have been a lot worse.”
The air ambulance was called but was not needed. The police officer has been released from hospital.
Initial reports suggested the officer involved in the accident, which happened at about 2.30pm yesterday, was responding to a report of a theft at nearby Michelle’s Diner.
Sergeant Steve Hawkes, of Peterlee Police, said the incident was being investigated.