Hoon hits fence, houses and drives off early in New Year
FOR 92-year-old Allan Smith and his neighbours Steve and Lynda Burton their New Year's resolution now includes building a stronger fence, after a hoon demolished it.
At 3am on New Year's Day a car drove into Off Lane and after losing control, smashed into two properties, numbers 78 and 80.
Mr Smith said that although he did not see the incident, awaking to the sight of his destroyed fence was distressing.
"I've lived here since 1963 and I've never seen anything like this; well at least never seen someone crash into another's front yard," he said.
"I had my headphones on during the night so I didn't actually hear it but when I looked out my front door this morning I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
For next door neighbour Steve Burton, the collision happened just as he was going to bed.
"I'd just finished off watching a bit of TV when it sounded like an earthquake in the front of the house," he said.
"I just couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the damage and as quick as the car came in, it was gone again.
"The car's position was just six inches (15cm) off the power pole, six inches off death."
Another neighbour down the street, Merrian Ross said the crash doesn't come as a surprise.
"It probably wouldn't even be 12 months ago that a drunken fella coming from the Young Aus swiped another person's fence out," she said.
"I think that the drunks bypass Toolooa to be sneaky and hide from the police and for that reason I'd love for the cops to monitor the lane more closely."
Ms Ross said that apart from the weekend drinkers and irresponsible drivers, the street was peaceful.
Some locals, such as Ray Honeybone, have suggested that the re-do of the street may be the town's first good deal of the year.
"We should get the locals to pitch in and help get the old boy's fence repaired," he said.
Mr Burton believes that by getting the word out there the culprit will be caught in no time.
"Half of the car has been left behind in my front yard," he said.
"A part of the panel with 'David Grant Gladstone car sales' is here which, with help from the company, police and local panel beaters will be able to find the idiot."
Police are investigating.