Man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving as three vehicles damaged in crash

This Is Wiltshire: The Peugeot which rolled into the stationary Mini following a collision with a Fiat 500 on Thestfield Drive, Staverton. Picture by Trevor Porter The Peugeot which rolled into the stationary Mini following a collision with a Fiat 500 on Thestfield Drive, Staverton. Picture by Trevor Porter

A STAVERTON woman has recalled the “horrendous” moment two cars collided outside her house in a quiet residential street.

Jackie Phelps, of Thestfield Drive, was at home with her husband and friends when she heard the accident just after 9pm last Saturday, which involved a silver Peugeot and a white Fiat 500.

“We heard an almighty bang, it was horrendous,” said Mrs Phelps, 51.

“We came hurtling out. The Peugeot was rolling to a halt into the Mini (which was parked and not involved in the collision) and the Fiat was in the house opposite.

“The girl driving the Peugeot walked out, got her handbag then collapsed on the floor. The man driving the Fiat approached the girl saying sorry, then disappeared.”

An ambulance was called and Mrs Phelps said by the end of the call, the 21-year-old woman had woken up and got her balance. Neighbours rallied round, giving her blankets and a chair to sit on.

Mrs Phelps, an HR manager, added: “She was shocked and had bruised her ribs from the seat belt. There were two police cars, a police bike and a police van, but the ambulance took 59 minutes.

“When we originally rang, she (the operator) didn’t know where Thestfield Drive was, so I said we were off Marina Drive. Three times we went up to the police and said about the ambulance, three times they chased it. It was quite a worry.”

Mrs Phelps added that the man driving the Fiat “turned up a short while later”. Both drivers were breathalysed and the 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Paramedics assessed the woman, but she did not require hospital treatment, and a fire crew from Trowbridge made the cars safe and deemed the house opposite safe.

Mrs Phelps, who moved to the estate in April, said: “The sign and bush took the brunt of the impact, not the house. The state of the cars, impact and damage showed they were not going 20mph. It is normally very quiet here. A lot of people turn around in the crossroads, but nothing fast.”

Police believe the accident could be a domestic incident, but investigations are ongoing.

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service said they were called at 9.07pm to reports of one casualty, a 21-year-old female. They attended the scene at 9.15pm and treated her at the scene.

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