Police hunt after high speed crash
A HIGH speed crash that caused a spree of destruction along a busy Ipswich road has left residents calling for safety improvements today.Three garden walls and a hedgerow are in tatters today after an out of control Ford Orion car ploughed into them at around 1am.
A HIGH speed crash that caused a spree of destruction along a busy Ipswich road has left residents calling for safety improvements today.
Three garden walls and a hedgerow are in tatters today after an out of control Ford Orion car ploughed into them at around 1am.
A driveway gate was also flung from its hinges and propelled into a house while two cars also suffered damage.
The driver immediately fled the scene of the incident after coming to a halt and is still on the run today. The police helicopter and sniffer dogs were sent out to search for him immediately after the incident, but without success.
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Skid marks are still clearly visible today along a fifty yard stretch of Norwich Road that saw a total of four houses hit.
Jon Mason, 26, who lives opposite the scene watched in horror from his bedroom window as the incident unfolded. He said, "I was half asleep but I saw this car go off the road and hit a load of walls before coming to a standstill.
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As soon as the car stopped some bloke got out and ran off. Within thirty seconds the police were on the scene. I don't know whether the car was being chased."
The vehicle had earlier failed to stop when instructed to do so by a police officer but a police spokeswoman, today, denied a pursuit had taken place.
Felix Ferrer, 62, had his wall demolished for the fourth time in the past few months today.
He estimates it costs around £2,000 to put right every time it is flattened. He said, "The car must have been going at about 80 or 90 miles per hour because every time it hit something, it would have slowed down. But it still travelled all this way."
Mr Ferrer's Ford Mondeo was also damaged in the incident.
He joined his next door neighbour, Nicola Peers, 32, in calling for safety improvements along the road.
A petition protesting about the safety of the stretch has already been presented to Ipswich Borough Council but the residents are now demanding action.
Mrs Peers said, "It has not been so bad this year but we are always having incidents along here. But this is the first time four houses have been fit at the same time." Her Ford Mondeo also suffered damage to its rear lights and boot.
The driver, described as white with very short hair and of large build, scaled a garden face to make his getaway following the incident.
Elsewhere two men are recovering today after they were left trapped after the car they were travelling in flipped and landed on its roof on a Suffolk road.
The incident, which happened at around 8pm yesterday, blocked Main Road, in Pettistree, near Wickham Market, for more than an hour.
The driver, a Felixstowe man in his mid-20s, suffered minor abdominal and back injuries, while the passenger, a Wickham Market man in his early 20s, was uninjured. Both were taken to Ipswich Hospital for a check-up.
Diversions were set up while the Ford Sierra was cleared from the scene and the road was reopened at 9.15pm.
Crews from Woodbridge, Framlingham and Princes Street, Ipswich helped free the men.
Anyone with information about either crash is asked to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.