‘My boys were in the front room’ - Father’s warning after drunk driver ploughs into his garden

Car embedded in fence in Little Plumsted, Norfolk (Picture: Christian Hall)

Car embedded in fence in Little Plumsted, Norfolk (Picture: Christian Hall) - Credit: Christian Hall

A father has issued a stark warning against drink driving after a car ploughed through a garden in Little Plumstead.

Christian Hall (left from left) with sons Declan, left, Ruben, right, and wife Kelly. Photo: Christi

Christian Hall (left from left) with sons Declan, left, Ruben, right, and wife Kelly. Photo: Christian Hall - Credit: Christian Hall

Christian Hall said the crash, which happened around 9.30pm yesterday (Friday), could have been 'a lot worse' as his sons Ruben, 13, and Declan, 14, were sitting in the front room of the house at the time.

Mr Hall, 45, of Kevill Davis Drive, was having dinner with his wife Kelly, her father and his partner, at the back of the house at the time.

He said: 'The boys were in the front room, they heard what they thought was a gritter, and a bang. The next thing my neighbour came over and said you might want to know there's a car in your front garden.'

Mr Hall's neighbour helped the driver - who appeared to be drunk - out of the car before emergency services arrived.


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'He just stood still, he wasn't even there,' Mr Hall said. 'It could've been a whole lot worse, we've got an old railway sleeper in our garden, he hit that which stopped him going further.'

He added: 'It just goes to show, you don't even have one, he could have caused a lot of damage to himself and others.'

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Fire crews from Carrow and Sprowston attended the crash, and no injuries were reported.

A taxi driver with Tom Fuller taxis, who saw the aftermath, said: 'The car was on its roof and embedded in the fence.'

Last week, this newspaper announced it would again be supporting Norfolk and Suffolk Police in their month-long crackdown on drink and drug drivers throughout December.

We have vowed to publish the details of as many motorists as possible who are convicted of driving while intoxicated between December 1 and January 1.

As with previous years, we will also try to publish the photographs of those found guilty.

During the 2016 campaign, Norfolk police said 1,320 breath tests were carried out, with 82 drivers failing.

Over the border in Suffolk, 1,329 tests were undertaken and 142 drivers failed.

The month-long police campaign will see officers in both counties carry out extra patrols and roadside checks this month.

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