VIDEO: Birthday ‘treat’ for home owner

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A TRAIL of destruction has been left by a driver who crashed his car into a house on Comptons Lane, Horsham.

Home owner Philip Ayerst, aged 55, was woken on his birthday by a ‘huge sreeching sound’ around 1am Tuesday morning.

Destruction after car plows into Philip Ayerst's home

Destruction after car plows into Philip Ayerst's home

The Honda Civic took out a street light before raming into Mr Ayerst’s garden wall and through the side of his garage.

The home owner said: “About one in the morning there was a huge screeching noise, then the car came over the wall and into the garage.

“I came out the front door, walked across and heard someone trying to re-start a car, but by the time I got there he had gone.

“So I met up with a couple of neighbours and we saw someone in the distance.

Destruction after car plows into Philip Ayerst's home

Destruction after car plows into Philip Ayerst's home

“He took out the light pole, the wall and my garage, which will have to be demolished now.

Mr Ayerst explained how his garden wall has been destroyed twice in recent weeks.

“This is the second time in a month the wall has been demolished but I’m fairly philosophical about the whole thing, at least the guys are alright.

“I’ve just come back from holiday and was getting ready for a nice busy launch into work for the next 18 months, but I will just be at home today picking up the pieces.”

Neighbour Simon Pringle with home owner Philip Ayerst and daughter Rachael

Neighbour Simon Pringle with home owner Philip Ayerst and daughter Rachael

He added: “It’s my birthday today and what have they given me? A free car wrapped up in my drive.

Simon Pringle, a resident for ten years, said: “I heard the crash - it woke me up.

“The screeching was loud enough and I came out in just enough time to see the guy walking down the street.

He added: “Late at night you can hear kids screaming around the street, it happens a lot.”

The home owner said that while “this is a notorious road I think the council have done a great job with traffic calming measures like the island”.