Nightmare on Emerald street
AN Emerald family is counting its blessings after a car came within metres of wiping out the front of their house.
A 29-year-old man will face court after his vehicle ploughed through the family's front yard, in the early hours of Friday morning, narrowly missing the house in which a baby was sleeping.
He has been charged with driving under the influence of liquor and failing to provide a specimen of breath.
Emerald father Todd Lloyd-Pugh described it as a "nightmare" when he woke to find shattered glass and tree branches strewn across the lawn of his Roberts St property.
The driver had freed himself from the upturned work utility when neighbours arrived to help.
"Everybody came running out here just trying to hold the guy on the ground so he couldn't take off," Mr Lloyd-Pugh said.
"Four blokes from across the road grabbed him and held him down.
"The cops were here within a minute.
"Twenty metres away I had my 18-month-old baby asleep in the cot.
"So, lucky, it could have been a lot worse.
"I was supposed to go to work this morning but my car is buried under a tree."
After being discharged from Emerald Hospital the driver was taken back to the police watchhouse where he was charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath.
Mr Lloyd-Pugh said it had been only a matter of a few months since he and his family had moved in to the Roberts St address.
An uninsured, private vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence, which had been recently bought by the owner, was also damaged in the crash.
The roadside wreckage attracted plenty of attention by passing motorists on their way to work later that morning, causing further concern for Mr Lloyd-Pugh.
"I'm just waiting for another (accident) to happen with all the rubber-neckers," he said.
"We've had a few people locking up their tyres out the front here."