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Sprowston couple re-live late night bungalow crash ordeal

PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:46 01 July 2010

The bungalow in Linacre Avenue, Sprowston hit by a car. Rob Grey and Sarah Wilson were in the bungalow at the time with their dog Bella.

The bungalow in Linacre Avenue, Sprowston hit by a car. Rob Grey and Sarah Wilson were in the bungalow at the time with their dog Bella.

Tara Greaves

A couple have described the terrifying moment a car ploughed into the side of their Sprowston bungalow leaving them trapped inside.

Rob Grey and Sarah Wilson were in bed asleep when they heard a loud crash in the room next door and felt their Linacre Avenue home shake at just after midnight yesterday .

A couple have described the terrifying moment a car ploughed into the side of their Sprowston bungalow leaving them trapped inside.

Rob Grey and Sarah Wilson were in bed asleep when they heard a loud crash in the room next door and felt their Linacre Avenue home shake at just after midnight yesterday .

They rushed to the spare room in the dark because the power had gone off and had to force open the door where they discovered a black BMW had smashed through the wall.

Miss Wilson, 29, said: “If we had a child in that room, as many people around here with a similar layout have, I dread to think what would have happened.

“All the electric had gone off but we forced our way into the room and saw the BMW, we didn't know if anyone was hurt or worse. We were unable to get out that way and we were trapped for a while as we scrambled around in the dark to try and find the front door keys.

“It was frightening and horrible when you have just been woken up in such a way and we didn't really know what had happened. The car missed the cage of our Guinea pig by about a foot.”

Emergency services arrived at the scene to find the car had smashed into a metal barrier outside of the supermarket next door, owned by Ian Moncur, continued through a wooden fence and into the home embedding in the wall.

Mr Grey, 34, said: “We heard a screech and then a crash and then the house shook. We ran to the spare room door to see what had happened and could see someone moving around but we couldn't get in to help or get ourselves out.

“The wall of the room collapsed and all the wardrobes have been smashed and pushed to the other side. We are lucky the car stopped where it did because if it had come any further it would have come into our bedroom.”

The driver of the car is thought to have got out of the vehicle unhurt and was later arrested by police.

The couple, who were left shocked but not injured, have been renting the house for nine months but were unsure if they would be able to continue living there.

“We will need to wait and see. We are just thankful no one was hurt,” added Mr Grey, an IT specialist.

Once the car was removed, the bungalow was cordoned off while a structural engineer investigated and then the couple were left to clear up broken glass and remove the rubble.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “The car was travelling at high speed, it hit the railing outside of the shop and then through the fence into the bungalow. It's just lucky that no one was hurt.”

Ian Paul Sweatman, 24, of Bewit Road, Norwich, will appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on June 11 charged with drink driving.

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