Householders were left in shock as a car ploughed through gardens in Braithwaite on Tuesday morning.

People in Coronation Mount had a rude awakening as the Renault Clio careered off the road just after 4am.

Police found the vehicle perched precariously on the pavement above the houses.

The car had first knocked down part of Joanne Saville’s driveway gate at the junction with West Lane, before demolishing the entire garden fence next door.

The car narrowly avoided plunging down an embankment into the house, which is shared by Joanne and daughters Kirsten, 19, Lucy, 13, and Georgia, 11.

Joanne said: “One of my daughters was in the front bedroom. They were all shocked and a bit upset.

“My Land Rover Discovery was parked on the pavement. The car missed it but took my fence and gate and the next-door fence.”

A man at a nearby house in Coronation Mount, who did not want to be named, said he slept through the crash but woke when police arrived.

He said: “Our little lad came into the bedroom and said he couldn’t sleep because of the flashing lights. I felt a bit startled.”

A police spokesman said officers were called at 4.42am, and the vehicle was removed at 6am.

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