A woman who was asleep when a car ploughed into her Leeds house has spoken of her ordeal.
The 28-year-old was in bed at the semi-detached property on Stainbeck Road, opposite the junction with Carr Manor Road, when the incident occurred at about 2am today. (Jan 15)
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I was asleep in bed when I heard this big smashing sound. The house has been broken into recently so my first thought was someone is in the house and they have just smashed something downstairs.
“It was only when I heard a police officer shouting outside I realised it was something else.”
The BMW Series 3, which had been spotted by police prior to it hitting the bay window of the house, was travelling down Carr Manor Road when it lost control, skipping over a grass verge and missing a tree by inches.
The woman, who rents the house, said: “It was quite an ordeal, I couldn’t believe what happened. Nothing has been damaged inside the house but the whole outside is a mess.”
Fire crews from Moortown attended the incident.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “At about 2.25am [on Wednesday] a BMW crashed into the front of a house in Stainbeck Road after driving off from a police vehicle that had signalled for it to stop shortly before. A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. He was taken to hospital for a check-up and later discharged and is in police custody.
“A 28-year-old woman, who was the sole occupant of the property, was uninjured.
The vehicle has been recovered from the scene. Significant damage was caused to a bay window at property and the structure is being assessed.”
The woman’s boyfriend, Neil O’Malley, said: “She said it was like being woken up by an earthquake except with lots of shouting and running.
“It was so surreal that if it wasn’t for the following police sirens she might have thought she was still in a strange dream. Personally, I think she’s awesome.”