Sunderland driver’s high speed police chase ended in terrifying crash into homes

Police car chase damage on Eden House Road. Syed Aminul Islam with son Syed Faiyaaz Islam aged 10 and daughter Syeda Inaaya Jahaan aged 6
Police car chase damage on Eden House Road. Syed Aminul Islam with son Syed Faiyaaz Islam aged 10 and daughter Syeda Inaaya Jahaan aged 6

A Sunderland driver who led police on a high speed chase through residential streets has admitted a string of offences after a terrifying crash with two homes and three cars.

Shocked residents of Eden House Road have previously spoken to the Echo of how the smashed sounded like an explosion.

Damage after a car crashed into the brick wall of a house in Eden House Road, Eden Vale, Sunderland. Pic courtesy of Razaq Arayan.

Damage after a car crashed into the brick wall of a house in Eden House Road, Eden Vale, Sunderland. Pic courtesy of Razaq Arayan.

Earlier, drunken John Langan, 27, had sped off from officers when they spotted him concealing his face as he drove an Audi A3 towards them in Chester Road in the early hours of Sunday, August 21, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Gary Fothergill said the police vehicle illuminated its blue lights and activated its sirens, but the Audi accelerated away at speeds of up to 60mph, in the 30mph zone.

Mr Fothergill said the car turned into Greta Terrace, before travelling straight over a junction, making no attempt to stop and give way.

The car eventually stopped in Cleveland Road and Langan got out, but as police alighted their vehicle, he jumped back in and sped off again.

These offences occurred on 30mph roads in residential areas, with parked cars on both sides and there was extensive damage caused. His car was written off by the crash

Gary Fothergill, prosecuting

He then drove into Eden House Road, where he collided with a Toyota Yaris, a Peugeot 207 and a VW Passat.

The pursuit came to an end when he plunged through the wall of two houses in Eden House Road.

“The Audi crashed into a number of parked cars and into a terraced house,” Mr Fothergill said.

“The driver struggled to open the door, because it was blocked by a wall and a bush.

Damage after a car crashed into the brick wall of a house in Eden House Road, Eden Vale, Sunderland. Pic courtesy of Razaq Arayan.

Damage after a car crashed into the brick wall of a house in Eden House Road, Eden Vale, Sunderland. Pic courtesy of Razaq Arayan.

“He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and was detained and failed a roadside breath test.”

Mr Fothergill added: “These offences occurred on 30mph roads in residential areas, with parked cars on both sides and there was extensive damage caused. His car was written off by the crash.”

Langan told police he had gone to buy cigarettes and could not remember his young female passenger, who was injured in the crash, had even been in the car.

He had 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35.

Langan, of Villette Row, Hendon, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink-driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

He also admitted further counts of drug-driving, and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance, in relation to a separate incident on June 23.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “This covers plenty of the ticky boxes of aggravating features – I think pretty much all of them.”

The bench committed the case to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence, during the week commencing November 7. He was released on bail and given an interim driving ban.

In the aftermath of the crash, two Sunderland families told of their lucky escape as they sat just yards away in their living rooms, when Langan’s car struck their wall.

The Audi A3 careered into the home of Syed Aminul Islam, which he shares with his wife and seven children, and that of his next door neighbour Tony Maqsood.

Mr Islam, 40, wife Forida, 36, and a number of the couple’s children were sat in the living room of the property, when the car smashed through the brick wall, leaving debris scattered in the street.

The car also hit Mr Islam’s VW PassaDrit, severely damaging the front of the vehicle, as well as two cars belonging to neighbours.

Mr Islam said: “It could have been a different story if the car had crashed in the day. It’s a really lucky escape.”

Mr Maqsood said: “The impact of the car hitting the wall caused the house to shake so we thought it was a bomb.”