Homeowner's shock as drink-driver ploughs into home

A suspected drink-driver ploughed into a family home after destroying their bungalow porch. Steve Cosgrove, who owns the Staffordshire house, has spoken of his shock. Staffordshire resident Steve initially believed someone was trying to burgle his Sycamore Avenue property in Rode Heath.

But he was instead met with headlights shining through his front porch. When outside the dormer bungalow Steve found car was stuck on his garden fence after a neighbour removed the keys from the ignition, our sister title StokeonTrentLive reports.

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Police officers, paramedics, and fire fighters attended the scene to make sure the building was structurally sound before the driver was arrested. Steve said: “I was in at the time and heard a loud bang so came downstairs and the front door was open.

“I thought we were being burgled but then saw there was a car on the front wall trying to reverse so my neighbour told me to call the police. “The ambulances, fire engines, and police came. “The firefighters checked the gas, electric, and building structure.

“The police then came and arrested the man. “When I called 999 they asked me what service I required and I said ‘police I think because a car has gone into the house’ – that was when they all came. “An ambulance attended along with about four police cars, a fire truck and a car.

“The street was just flashing blue – it was like being in Ibiza.”

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Steve says the houses has been deemed structurally fine meaning the family can continue to live in the property – but says insurance assessors will visit the bungalow for further assessment. Crews from  Alsager  and  Sandbach  attended the scene shortly after 12.30am yesterday (August 31) while police officers arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of drink driving.

A spokesman said: “Shortly before 12.30am firefighters were called to reports of a collision on Sycamore Avenue, Rode Heath. “On arrival the crew found a car had collided with a dormer bungalow. 

“Firefighters checked the  car to ensure that nobody was trapped. “They also checked the structural integrity of the building and ensured that everybody was safe inside.  “Police also attended the scene and arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of drink driving.”

Firefighters confirmed they were at the property for around 30 minutes.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 500894.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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