Suspected drunk driver totals SEVEN cars

One of the damaged cars

One of the damaged cars

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A SUSPECTED drink-driver has been arrested after smashing into six cars and leaving a trail of destruction.

The 24-year-old man, from Leigh, is accused of ploughing into a Vauxhall Corsa parked in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, with such force it pushed a Honda 4x4 parked behind out into the street.

The suspect then allegedly drove the wrong way up Burdett Avenue, hitting four more cars, before abandoning his Mercedes and fleeing. Three of the cars were so badly damaged police removed them before their owners awoke.

Katie Acklam, 25, of Burdett Avenue, whose Corsa was written off, said: “My boyfriend called me to tell me what had happened.

“I went up the road in my pyjamas and saw my car wasn’t there and I had a hysterical fit.

“I thought it had been stolen.”

A Honda CRV, Mercedes C200 coupe, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Mercedes C220 coupe, Nissan Micra and a Volvo XC60 were damaged in the rampage, which happened at about 12.50am on Friday.

Neighbours alerted by the noise chased the suspect, but he escaped and was caught by police later.

Miss Acklam said: “By the sound of it, he lost control of the car, took my car out and that took out the one behind.

“He then came the wrong way down Burdett Avenue.”

A police spokesman said: “Police attended Hamlet Court Road after reports of a road traffic collision.

“Officers attended and established seven cars in Hamlet Court Road and Burdett Avenue had been damaged and the car involved in the collision had come to a halt and the driver had fled the scene. A man was arrested and released on bail until September 24.”

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8:08am Tue 12 Aug 14

Eastwoodian says...

He'll probably be hit with 3 points and a 30 quid fine
He'll probably be hit with 3 points and a 30 quid fine Eastwoodian
  • Score: 16

8:10am Tue 12 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

sounds like a right dumbar$e.
sounds like a right dumbar$e. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

8:13am Tue 12 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

They're only cars...
They're only cars... sesibollox
  • Score: -29

9:55am Tue 12 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

Eastwoodian wrote:
He'll probably be hit with 3 points and a 30 quid fine
on top of the ban, that's more than enough.....
[quote][p][bold]Eastwoodian[/bold] wrote: He'll probably be hit with 3 points and a 30 quid fine[/p][/quote]on top of the ban, that's more than enough..... pembury53
  • Score: -2

11:17am Tue 12 Aug 14

nicknows says...

In the meantime he is free to carry on driving legally as his licence will only be taken away from him when he goes to court.

People who drink and drive and get caught should be taken to court ASAP and have their licence susspended with immediate effect!!!
In the meantime he is free to carry on driving legally as his licence will only be taken away from him when he goes to court. People who drink and drive and get caught should be taken to court ASAP and have their licence susspended with immediate effect!!! nicknows
  • Score: 17

12:06pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

That road needs speed humps ASAP
That road needs speed humps ASAP Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -2

6:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
That road needs speed humps ASAP
Speed humps are a real issue with the disabled, they cause so much pain to folk already suffering.

Perhaps every road should have speed cameras, that would bring in enough to allow the council to lower the rates!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: That road needs speed humps ASAP[/p][/quote]Speed humps are a real issue with the disabled, they cause so much pain to folk already suffering. Perhaps every road should have speed cameras, that would bring in enough to allow the council to lower the rates! runwellian
  • Score: -1

6:33pm Tue 12 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

"I went up the road in my pyjamas and I had a hysterical fit!!!!"

Classy...
"I went up the road in my pyjamas and I had a hysterical fit!!!!" Classy... supermadmax
  • Score: 6

7:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

imnotanimby says...

runwellian wrote:
Keptquiettillnow wrote:
That road needs speed humps ASAP
Speed humps are a real issue with the disabled, they cause so much pain to folk already suffering.

Perhaps every road should have speed cameras, that would bring in enough to allow the council to lower the rates!
Try going over them really, really slowly and gently - which is kind of the point!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: That road needs speed humps ASAP[/p][/quote]Speed humps are a real issue with the disabled, they cause so much pain to folk already suffering. Perhaps every road should have speed cameras, that would bring in enough to allow the council to lower the rates![/p][/quote]Try going over them really, really slowly and gently - which is kind of the point! imnotanimby
  • Score: 3

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