Hunt for driver af­ter stolen car smashes into kitchen

Stockport Express - - Front Page - BETH ABBIT beth.abbit@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @BethAb­bitMEN

A TER­RI­FIED mother ran for her life af­ter a high-pow­ered stolen Audi ploughed into her kitchen as she lay in bed up­stairs.

Dawn Jowett, 54, thought a gas ex­plo­sion had ripped her house apart when she heard a ter­rific bang and felt her en­tire home shake in the early hours of Sun­day.

The mum-of-two raced down­stairs in her py­ja­mas and found that an Audi A4, stolen in Marple, had driven through the wall of her kitchen in Of­fer­ton.

Wa­ter gushed from dam­aged pipes as Dawn clam­bered over rub­ble and de­bris to es­cape through the hole in the wall.

Dawn, a carer at an old peo­ple’s home, grabbed her two dogs and ran out into the street, fear­ing there may be an ex­plo­sion.

ATERRIFIED mother ran for her life af­ter a high-pow­ered stolen Audi ploughed into her kitchen as she lay in bed up­stairs.

Dawn Jowett, 54, thought a gas ex­plo­sion had ripped her house apart when she heard a ter­rific bang and felt her en­tire home shake in the early hours of Sun­day.

The mum-of-two raced down­stairs in her py­ja­mas and found that an Audi A4 had driven through the wall of her kitchen in Of­fer­ton. Wa­ter gushed from dam­aged pipes as Dawn clam­bered over rub­ble and de­bris to es­cape through the hole in the wall.

Dawn, a carer at an old peo­ple’s home, grabbed her two dogs and ran out into the street, fear­ing there may be an ex­plo­sion.

She said: “I had been to a fam­ily party and was in bed. I was so fright­ened. It was crazy the sound that it made.

“When I looked down­stairs I thought my son had left the gas on be­cause of the dam­age. The wa­ter was spilling out ev­ery­where.

“I thought it was a gas ex­plo­sion. I went out through the hole in the wall in my py­ja­mas. It’s lucky my brother didn’t come home with me last night be­cause if he’d come back we would have sat in the kitchen and had a cup of tea.”

Wit­nesses who rushed over to help Dawn de­scribed see­ing a bleed­ing man and another per­son run­ning from the wreck­age of the white Audi two-litre cabri­o­let at around 4.20am.

The crash shook the row of ter­race houses so hard that the neigh­bour’s cup­board doors flew open. Po­lice are now hunt­ing the driver of the car and a blood­ied man who was seen walk­ing from the scene on Hall Lane.

The crash hap­pened di­rectly be­low her autis­tic son Kieran’s bed­room. In a stroke of luck the 15-yearold was stay­ing at a friend’s house overnight.

Dawn said he would have been ter­ri­fied if he had been at home at the time. She said: “I’m just glad my son was not here be­cause it would have up­set him and it was just be­low his room. You can see the cracks on his bed­room wall.”

Fire­fight­ers have made the house safe and se­cure but Dawn and Kieran have been made tem­po­rar­ily home­less as a re­sult of the crash.

She said: “I think the cost of the dam­age is more than the house is worth. This house is my pride and joy be­cause I bought it on my own and worked for 18 years for it. Your home is your life.”

The stolen Audi crashed through a kitchen wall

The Audi smashed through a house kitchen wall (be­low)

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