Who crashed into my house?

David Doig
David Doig

A Motherwell man is at the end of his tether following a two month search to find out who crashed their car into his house.

On August 10 David Doig returned to his home in Heron View to find a Ford Focus sitting on his front lawn having wiped out a lamppost and collided with his stonework.

David now faces a massive bill to repair the damage, just four months after moving into the property.

He said: “I wasn’t in at the time it happened, but I have been told by witnesses that the guy appeared to be drunk.

“After it happened apparently he was staggering in the street and then tried to climb a fence and hid in some bushes before finally running off to a nearby house.

“A relation of my wife lives there, but they won’t tell us who he is, so we aren’t speaking to them at the moment.

“The police officers in attendance on the night told us he wasn’t drinking and the guy’s dad had apologised, but he never apologised to me and now I have to pay for repairs to my new house.”

Oil industry worker David needs the driver’s details to pass onto his insurance company, but this has proven difficult to attain.

He said: “I know the registration number of the car, but the police said as no crime had been committed they couldn’t give me his details and just gave me an incident number.

“Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt he wasn’t drinking then surely mounting the pavement and driving along it between two pillars, crashing into a lamppost and then a house must be considered at least reckless.

“As it stands I am out of pocket as I face having to pay the excess on my insurance, losing my no claims bonus and having my premiums increase next year - but it has go to the stage I just want to know who did it and be given an apology.”

Inspector Alistair Anderson at Motherwell police office admitted the police do know who crashed the car, but red tape means that they cannot just tell David who was responsible.

He said: “We have the details of the driver of the car, but there is a process for this kind of thing, we don’t just give them out.

“If Mr Doig has been asked by his insurance company to obtain this information, then he has to tell them to ask for a copy of the statistical report.
“This does cost money and I wouldn’t like to guess as to how much, but it is something they need to arrange themselves.

“This is not the case of us hiding anything, it is simply the fact that there is a set of procedures that need to be followed.”

North Lanarkshire Council confirmed its contractor Amey will also be persuing the driver to recoup the money spent replacing the lamppost and fixing any damage caused by the car leaving the road.