‘Drink-drive’ arrest after passenger hurt when car ploughed into garden wall

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car ploughed into a garden wall in Hebburn.

A 27-year-old female passenger in the Mini, had to be cut free from the vehicle by firefighters, who arrived at the scene at about 9pm on Sunday night.

She was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Imnfirmary for treatment to injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the car was unhurt in the crash.

Police say a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and bailed pending further inquiries.

Two crews from Hebburn Fire Station, as well as police and paramedics attended the crash scene, at the junction between School Street and Auckland Road at about 9pm.

Trevor Smith, Watch Manager at Hebburn Fire Station, said: “We were called at 9pm to a report that a car had left the road.

“The Mini had lost control on a bend and ploughed into a garden wall, completely demolishing it. The female passenger suffered back pain and the roof of the car had to be cut off to remove her from the vehicle.

“She was taken to hospital as a result. The male driver got out of the vehicle without injury.

“The car suffered significant damage.”

Police inquiries into the cause of the crash are ongoing.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 8.55pm on Sunday, December 21, police received a report that a Mini had left the road and collided with a wall at Auckland Road.

“A woman aged in her 20s was injured and taken to the RVI for treatment, with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“A man aged 26 was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.”