Police seek driver who crashed into Wimbish garage and fled the scene

PUBLISHED: 12:43 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 14 December 2016

The damage caused at AH Brooks and Son at Wimbish after a car smashed into the garage's sign and a diesel pump

The damage caused at AH Brooks and Son at Wimbish after a car smashed into the garage's sign and a diesel pump

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The driver of a car which careered into a Wimbish garage and caused damage costing £30,000 to repair fled the scene.

The damage caused at AH Brooks and Son at Wimbish after a car smashed into the garage's sign and a diesel pumpThe damage caused at AH Brooks and Son at Wimbish after a car smashed into the garage's sign and a diesel pump

A black Ford SportKa smashed into a sign and diesel pump at AH Brooks and Son garage along the B184 Thaxted Road at around 4.15pm on Saturday (December 10), causing an estimated £30,000 worth of damage.

Owner Robin Brooks, 78, who was in the house next door at the time of the crash, said the impact sounded like an “big explosion” and left the garage looking like a “bomb site”.

The garage’s CCTV cameras showed footage of the male driver losing control of the vehicle and spinning around several times before hitting the large metal sign and diesel pump on the forecourt.

The driver fled the scene, towards Saffron Walden.

Mr Brooks said: “We close at 1pm on a Saturday so I was in my house next door when I heard what sounded like a great big explosion. I went outside and couldn’t believe the mess. It looked like a bomb site.

“I wasn’t sure exactly what had happened at first, there was a motorcycle crash helmet on the forecourt so I thought maybe a car and motorbike had collided.

“The police asked me to look in the ditch around the garage to see if anyone had been hurt but I obviously didn’t find anyone.

“After looking at the CCTV, the driver was so lucky not to be killed. He hit our big metal pole sign and spun sideways on the grass before the back of the car hit the pump.

“We’re looking at about £30,000 worth of damage and I’m in the process of sorting it out with the insurance company.

“Cars speed along this part of the road and many a time have they ended up on our forecourt. This is the worst incident yet though as it has caused so much damage, and has been made worse by the driver running.

“Luckily the other diesel pump still works and the petrol pumps are fine so it is business as usual. We just hope we can get the sign and pump replaced as soon as possible.”

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police were called shortly after 4.30pm.

“The occupant of the black Ford SportKa had left the scene before officers arrived. It is believed he ran off in the direction of Saffron Walden.”

Anyone with information should call Pc Kevin Langford on 101.

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