A MUM and young baby escaped serious injury after they were woken up by a car smashing into the side of their home.
The pair were asleep in their Doxford Park house when the driver of a Ford Focus lost control of the vehicle and careered into the side wall.
Police arrested a 24-year-old man after the incident in Severn Court, Mill Hill, Doxford Park at about 5.15am yesterday.
Firefighters and paramedics also attended the scene, while structural engineers from Sunderland City Council visited the property to assess the damage.
The crash alarmed neighbours in the quiet housing estate.
One woman who lives nearby in Menai Court said she awoke to the noise of the impact.
“It was a big bang, but I couldn’t tell where it came from,” she said. “I looked out the window and there were police cars and fire engines.”
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The occupier of the house and her young baby were checked out but not injured during the incident.”
“Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the crash and he is helping police with their inquiries.”
The area around the property has been cordoned off until repairs can be made. It is believed the young woman and her baby have been moved to alternative accommodation.
Eddie Cairns of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service said: “We had to go out make the car safe and get our structural support appliance out from Hebburn to shore the property up. The car had smashed a hole through the wall of the house.”
The incident comes after a number of similar smashes in Sunderland in recent years.
Two people were injured and three properties damaged when a car smashed into a house in Ivanhoe Crescent, Durham Road, Barnes, in September. A 25-year-old was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving.
Police are appealing for witnesses to yesterday’s smash. Anyone with information should contact officers on 03456 043 043 extension 69191.