Runaway car in town-centre smash at landmark brook

TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION -- the damage next to the brook caused by the runaway car
TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION -- the damage next to the brook caused by the runaway car

A RUNAWAY car left a trail of destruction as it careered through a stone wall in a dramatic smash in Hucknall town centre.

It was also inches away from plunging into a brook at a landmark site.

The Volvo S40 was allegedly speeding down Annesley Road at 1.30 am on Sunday June 26.

The car spun out of control and ploughed into the wall that runs along Baker Street, in front of the Goldfinger jewellery store.

Debris from the thick wall smashed into, and bent back, a protective metal railing that blocks an opening to the Baker Lane Brook. Part of the wall was completely demolished.

No other vehicles were involved and, thankfully, no pedestrians were walking past at the time. No-one was injured.

The driver of the blue car abandoned it at the scene and ran off in the direction of nearby Ogle Street.

However members of the public milling around on Market Place after the pubs had closed alerted the police.

Officers quickly tracked the suspect down. The 24-year-old failed a breath-test and was arrested and questioned.

He has since appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court on charges of drink-driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “There was a significant amount of damage done to the car and the wall. We are lucky no-one was walking past at the time.”

Workers from Ashfield District Council have spent most of this week repairing the stone wall and the metal fencing.

Unfortunately, the Hucknall council-tax payers will have to foot the bill.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council, said: “The car must have been going at a heck of a speed.

“Some years ago, that wall was hit by a lorry and it only dislodged a few of the stones.

“If it was a drink-driver or if he was driving dangerously, he was not just putting his own life at risk but also risking the lives of others.

“I am glad the council has acted quickly to make repairs because the wall is there to protect pedestrians.”