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High-speed car smash driver rams vehicle in quiet Northern Ireland street

By Donna Deeney

People living in leafy Crawford Square in Londonderry were left scratching their heads after running out to investigate a loud bang in the street, only to find one car sitting on top of another vehicle.

Resident Bernie Webster was at home around 6pm on Saturday when a blue saloon drove into the street and hit her next door neighbour's car at high speed.

Mrs Webster said: "I heard the bang and I thought it was my husband banging the garage door, because it sounded as if it was so close to our house. As far as we have been able to find out, they hit a silver Renault first and ruined the wheel of it, but also ruined their own wheel and that made their car spin around.

"They missed our car, which is a wee red Smart car, but hit our neighbour's car at high speed and went underneath it.

"The police were actually in the street at the time and saw it happen.

"One of the boys got out of the car and ran off, but the passenger side door wouldn't open so the second boy had to come out the driver's side.

"We were all chatting in the street and trying to make sense of it; this is a very quiet residential area but occasionally something dramatic happens."

Mrs Webster said she was thankful no one was injured, but it could have been very different.

"Thankfully there was no one on the street at the time, but with a car spinning out of control like that someone could have been hurt," she said.

It is understood the same vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run collision with another on Derry's Buncrana Road and police followed it into Crawford Square.

The PSNI said: "Police arrested a 31-year-old man in the Crawford Square area on Saturday, May 27 on suspicion of a number of offences, including dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident following an RTC in the vicinity shortly before 6pm.

"Police would ask that anyone with information about this incident contact Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 1134 27/05/17."

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