EVERYTHING was “all good”. Waratah’s Michael MacLucas had dozed off after a lazy Sunday, while Kirrily Spruce had her headphones in listening to music.
Then the unthinkable happened.
A car driven by an allegedly drunk 20-year-old driver ploughed through the front wall about 3am, with falling debris from the impact narrowly missing the Harriet Street residents.
“I thought the whole house was falling down,” Mr MacLucas said.
“I didn’t really know what to think of it – I forgot about everything I’d done up until that point, but then it eventually hits you. I jumped up and ran out.”
Emergency services told the couple they were lucky to escape the ordeal without injury.
Another car, which happened to be parked next to the house, took a bite out of the blow.
“They told us if that car wasn’t there, we wouldn’t be here,” Ms Spruce said.
“That makes you think about how lucky you are.”
Police arrested the driver and charged him with mid-range drink driving, allegedly returning a blood alcohol reading of 0.180. Investigations suggest the driver was travelling west on Georgetown Road before leaving the road and crashing into the unit.
The man’s licence was suspended and he will front Newcastle Local Court at a later date.
Ironically, Waratah police station is at the end of the street.
“It doesn’t even surprise me anymore about the number of people who choose to speed up this street in full view of the police station,” Ms Spruce said.
“You think it would stop them, but it doesn’t.
“It’s a daily occurrence.
“They are just revheads.”
A weary Mr MacLucas said the couple would spend the night elsewhere, with the unit deemed uninhabitable.
He said they were unlikely to return to Harriet Street after the incident.
“I'd like to move and not come back,” Mr MacLucas said.
“It’s something I don’t want to ever go through again.”
In other police news, a man who had been disqualified from driving until 2046 has been charged on a range of drugs and weapons offences after his car was searched in Doyalson.
Officers searched the Mazda RX8 on the Pacific Highway about 2.30am on Monday, allegedly seizing ice, cocaine and cannabis as well as a stun gun disguised as a torch.
The Blue Haven man was arrested and charged with a range of offences including supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, possess prohibited weapon and drive while disqualified.