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Car crashed into Ipswich garden

PUBLISHED: 15:05 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK family had a rude awakening early today when a car crashed through their front garden and ended up just inches from their home.

The car smashed through the front wall of Mike and Karen Grimwood's garden, across the garden itself, and demolished a plinth before coming to a halt.

A SUFFOLK family had a rude awakening early today when a car crashed through their front garden and ended up just inches from their home.

The car smashed through the front wall of Mike and Karen Grimwood's garden, across the garden itself, and demolished a plinth before coming to a halt.

The driver ran away from the scene after taking a small briefcase from the boot.

Police were soon combing the area in a bid to find him – the 10-year-old Ford Scorpio car has no registered owner according to the DVLA's computer.

"We were woken up by this tremendous smash, I looked out of the bedroom window and saw the car in our garden," said Mr Grimwood, who is Ipswich Council's animal welfare manager.

"I just saw the driver running away, he tripped over the broken wall and fell over hard – he must have hurt himself quite badly," said Mrs Grimwood.

"The first thing I heard was the bang, but our neighbours said they heard a screech of tyres as he came around the corner," she added.

The car clipped the kerb and hit a Volvo parked on the other side of the road before smashing into their garden.

Police were on the scene within minutes to investigate the incident, which happened at 3.15am.

"They were here very quickly and started their search for the driver," said Mr Grimwood.

"He took a case from the boot of the car, but inside there are yellow workmen's coats and some cable."

The driver also had his lunch with him. "There's a cheese roll on the front seat," Mrs Grimwood said.

Police said they could not smell alcohol in the car – and were expecting to collect the vehicle later today after scenes of crime officers had carried out a forensic examination at the scene.

"We hope they can trace the driver otherwise we may have to claim on our household insurance and lose our no claims bonus," said Mr Grimwood.

"It's just such a bizarre thing to happen – this is normally a quiet road."

The man who ran away from the scene is described as white and was possibly wearing a white T-shirt and beige trousers. He ran off in the direction of Chesterfield Road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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