A RUNAWAY horse caused mayhem as it went on the rampage before smashing into a car window.
The animal and trap sparked chaos after it threw its 62-year-old rider – who lost a finger in the incident – in Thorney Close and galloped all the way to East Herrington.
It ran onto Durham Road near the Board Inn pub, before smashing through the back window of the Ford Focus, which had a seven-year-old girl inside, in Crow Lane.
The youngster, whose mother was driving, was showered in glass during the terrifying ordeal and had to take the day off school.
Witness Alan Ramsey, who was waiting at a bus stop outside the pub ahead of a day trip to Whitby, said he was stunned to see the animal galloping down the road.
The 61-year-old who works at Doxford Park’s Morrisons and lives at Hall Farm Estate, said: “It came down past the Board Inn and veered around the roundabout in the wrong direction.
“Then it went down a side road but it couldn’t stop itself crashing into the back of a car. “Somebody then let the horse into a car park.”
The incident took place shortly after 8am yesterday.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 8.53am to an incident outside The Board Inn, Durham Road, East Herrington, after reports of a loose horse and trap.
“The patient had a finger missing and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 8.40am on Wednesday morning police were informed of a horse and cart that was loose on Tay Road, Thorney Close.
“It is believed the rider had fallen from the horse.
“The horse was captured sometime later at the Board Inn, Durham Road.
“A 62-year-old man was taken to hospital with a hand injury.
“The horse was checked by a vet and doesn’t appear to be injured.”