Man arrested after car crashes into house in Sunderland

The car crashed into the front of a house in Forster Street, Roker.
The car crashed into the front of a house in Forster Street, Roker.

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into a house in Sunderland early today.

Police, fire crews and ambulances were called to Forster Street in Roker just after 6am.

The aftermath of the smash in Forster Street, Roker.

The aftermath of the smash in Forster Street, Roker.

A BMW and Renault Clio had crashed, and the white BMW then smashed into a house.

Police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of drink-driving and confirmed there were no injuries.

Householder Edmond Hammond, 75, was brushing his teeth when the car struck his home.

He had a noise a few moments earlier which he thought was someone next door.

The interior of Edmond Hammond's home after the crash.

The interior of Edmond Hammond's home after the crash.

"I heard some more noise and came through here and two blokes were walking through my passage saying 'are you all right?'.

"I thought what's going on here? I came to the front door and saw a car halfway inside in my window."

A woman neighbour, whose car was struck before the BMW crashed into Mr Hammond's home, said: "He hit my car and was still going fast enough to go through a house.

"It's crazy. He was lucky he hasn't killed anyone."

Police arrived shortly afterwards and removed the driver from the BMW. He was led away in handcuffs.

The male driver was said to be wearing nothing but a pair of women's pyjama bottoms.

The force of the crash ripped a radiator off the wall, flooding the room.

Mr Hammond, who still works as an automatic gearbox mechanic, has vowed to remain in the bungalow.

"I will stay here, it's no problem," he said.