THE driver of a car which crashed through a residential fence in Tweed Heads yesterday left the scene but was later picked up by police.
For Ducat Street resident Gerald Moyle, who was enjoying a quiet beer in his backyard about 3.30pm, it all started with the screeching of tyres, followed by a loud crash.
Hearing the noise from his backyard, Mr Moyle was surprised when he walked outside his Tweed Heads home to find a car had ploughed through his side fence.
People gathered around the Ducat Street house following the crash to survey the scene of destruction left by the white Holden Commodore.
The southbound sedan had mounted the footpath before travelling through the front yard of a property neighbouring Mr Moyle's.
It mowed down trees and crashed through the fence which separates an apartment building from Mr Moyle's home.
And there it came to rest, halfway through the trashed fence.
Mr Moyle said he heard screeching followed by a thud.
He said the crash had not caused his home to vibrate and that he and his wife were not harmed.
“I just heard the bang and walked out and it was there in the driveway,” Mr Moyle said.
“My wife said it sounded like someone had hit the gate.
“Lucky there were no kids in our place or next door, or riding past on the footpath.”
One witness said the car came out of nearby Parkes Drive and the driver had been “doing a burnout” when he lost control.
Mr Moyle said that when he walked out to see what had happened the driver was still in the car, but had soon fled the scene.
“He was here, but he's gone,” he said.
“I don't know how he ended up in there (through the fence).
“Someone said he came out of the side street; he might have been doing a wheelie.”
The owner of the car, a young woman, told police the car had been stolen by a man she knew.
It is understood she walked from her home into Ducat Street to see if she could see where the car was before finding it stuck halfway through Mr Moyle's side fence.
Police said they located the driver soon afterwards, and that he was being interviewed late yesterday.
They said investigations into the crash would continue.