Man charged over incident which saw car smash through garden in Jarrow

The scene of the crash in Jarrow: Picture by Carl Morland.
The scene of the crash in Jarrow: Picture by Carl Morland.

A man was due to appear in court today following an incident which saw a car smash through a Jarrow couple's front garden.

Christopher Lee Storey, 23, of no fixed abode, has been charged with dangerous driving, having no insurance, driving while disqualified and making off without payment.

He was set to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court today.

A second man, also aged 23, has been released without charge after being arrested.

Rita and Ed Haws, of Albert Road, had been in bed when they heard a huge bang at about 11.40pm on Tuesday.

Mr Haws, 74, had thought it was a gas explosion until he looked out of the window to see the destruction outside, with a car on its side slightly further up the street.

He said: "The garden was a mess, the walls were smashed and this car was on its side. We were just thinking, 'what the heck?'"

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "One man has been charged with dangerous driving, no insurance, driving while disqualified and making off without payment.

"He is Christopher Lee Storey, 23, of no fixed abode.

"He is due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court today.

"A second man, also aged 23, has been released with no further action."