A SABOTEUR cut brake cables and fuel lines on cars parked outside a community centre.
The owners of the two vehicles were attending night classes at Frodsham Community Centre when the vandal struck.
Detectives warned residents to be alert in the wake of the attacks and have appealed for information.
Mother-of-two Angela Monaghan told of her desperate attempts to stop her car as she drove along a country road.
The saboteur targeted her Vauxhall Vectra as Angela, 52, attended a line-dancing class at the Fluin Lane centre from 8-10pm on Monday, January 31.
He cut brake and fuel lines beneath the car's bonnet as it sat in the centre's security-fenced private car park - and she did not realise until she began her journey home.
Angela, who works for a Frodshambased tool manufacturer, said: 'I had left the club and was heading towards the top of Blue Hatch Hill when I tried to brake and couldn't. Then the power failed and the engine died.
'I didn't know what to do. The power steering seized up, I couldn't brake - I couldn't do anything.
'Fortunately, I was driving up the hill. I was lucky, I was only doing about 20mph and was going slow enough to put the handbrake on. It could have been much worse - I don't know what could have happened if I had been driving down the other side.
'I could have changed down the gears to slow down, but you just don't think when you're in the situation.
'I am absolutely furious at the person who did this. I don't know why they would do it to me.'
After careering to a halt, Angela, who was travelling to her home in Sandiway, contacted police and a recovery team.
She then realised slashed fuel lines had sprayed petrol across the road. Angela was forced to fork out for a hire car while mechanics repaired the damage to her car.
She added: 'I've been attending line-dancing since August last year but have been put off.
'I lived in South Africa, where you got used to not going out. I have been back two years and had just got to the stage where I was comfortable driving on my own. Then this happens.
'I don't think I'm going to come out on my own and take a chance. If I do, I will check the outside of my car before going anywhere.'
The vandal also targeted a Peugeot parked outside the centre, slashing a fuel line.
A spokesman for the community centre said: 'We are sorry this has happened. We do our best to avoid such incidences.'
Police said the attacks were isolated incidents and have yet to find a motive. nAnyone with information is asked to ring 01244 350000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.