Car smashes into house
Car smashes into house

UPDATE 11AM: A Duncraig mother who was sleeping next to her six-year-old son last night when a car ploughed into her bedroom has hit out at drink drivers.

Genevieve Newman and her son Archie were awoken at 11.40pm when an alleged drunk driver careened off Glengarry Drive and through her wall, coming within a metre of her bed.

She described the experience of waking up to dust and headlights in her room as “like a Hollywood nightmare”.

“All I could see was dust and headlights and I leapt up screaming ‘get out, ‘get out’,” she said.

“The dust was almost blinding and the car was revving.

“I grabbed my son and ran into my daughter’s room and managed to find a phone to ring police.”

Mrs Newman, Archie, her eight-year old daughter and four-year-old son were inside the house at the time. Her husband was away working.

Once she knew her children were okay and had called police, her attention turned to the driver of the Subaru Liberty that smashed into her bedroom.

“I thought there was going to be someone terribly injured if not dead outside and I had to make sure they were okay,” she said.

“But when I got there they had gone.”

Police apprehended the alleged driver, an 18-year-old Duncraig man, about a kilometre down the street.

The car that crashed into the house. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Mrs Newman’s concern turned to outrage when police told Mrs Newman the driver had been drinking.

“I was furious,” she said.

She said to drive away from the scene was “the biggest cowardice act ever”.

“Most of us are trying to do the right thing and don’t drink and drive ever and these careless, stupid people just go and do whatever they want,” she added.

“I am really glad they caught him, because he should be a big example as to what happens.”

She said she would like to see the driver punished for his actions, which caused extensive damage to the house.

The man was summonsed for driving under the influence and will appear in court at a later date.

Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

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