A man is facing a string of charges after he allegedly smashed a car through a southwest Sydney home before neighbours stopped him from trying to flee.
The car slammed through the bottom level of the Carnavon Crescent property in Georges Hall early on Monday morning.
Both the car and part of the house caught fire and police have been told a resident dragged the driver from the car before returning to the home to help his parents.
The owner of the home, Chris, recalled being surrounded by broken glass and hearing things collapsing.
"We are inside we get shocked, we don't know what to do, I get confused," he told the Nine Network on Monday.
"I hear my neighbour saying 'get out from the house', we help my wife and son, outside I saw the car in the house and start catching fire."
The driver, a 21-year-old man, allegedly tried to flee but was held by neighbours until police arrived.
A resident of the street described the sound of the crash as being "like a rocket" before the driver was detained.
"I saw him run away, we grabbed him," the man told reporters at the scene.
"He was saying 'I'm dreaming, am I dreaming?' - maybe he's on something, I don't know."
The man was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
He was interviewed at Bankstown Police Station before being charged with negligent driving, driving recklessly, never licensed person drive vehicle on road and take and drive conveyance without consent of owner.
The man received conditional bail and is expected to appear before Bankstown Local Court on July 4.