Police in Birmingham have quizzed a man after a car crashed into the front room of a family home in the north of the city.
The Singh family, in Erdington, woke to find the Ford Mondeo with its engine still running and its lights on in their rubble-strewn lounge.
The car had careered off Moor End Lane and flattened a fence as it sped across a neighbour’s garden before smashing through a nine-inch-thick wall.
Debris and furniture were sent flying across the room of the detached home.
Steven Singh, aged 44, said it was only because he had ordered his teenage son to get an early night that he wasn’t in the room watching the Superbowl on telly when the vehicle struck at 2am yesterday .
"I was woken up by a noise like a rumble of thunder and I thought there had been crash on the road," he said.
"We looked out of the window but couldn’t see anything and it was only when I heard the sound of water gurgling from where the radiator had been that I realised what had happened.
"One of my sons went down and saw the car in the front room with its lights on and the engine still running.
"It was like a scene from a film. My son wanted to watch the Superbowl and he would have been sitting on the sofa when the car hit but I told him he should get a proper night’s sleep."
Mr Singh, an auditor for Land Rover at the Solihull plant, lives at the property with wife Rashpal Kaur, aged 43, and sons Andip Aujla, aged 20, and 19-year-old Pavandip Aujla.
City council engineers have inspected the damage and told the family that they can stay in the home while it is repaired.
Mr Singh added: "The car must have been going fast to cause this much damage.
"The council said we were going to have speed bumps on the road but it never happened."
"It was a big shock and I have got no idea how long it take to sort out."
Police have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of drink driving.