A FAMILY had a rude awakening when 'joyriders' crashed into their front garden.
Most of the Wilson family were upstairs in bed when they heard a huge bang outside their Wirral home.
They looked out to see a high performance Vauxhall Cavalier SRi had ploughed through their garden wall, knocking over a street lamp in the process.
The wall had been completely demolished with clumps of bricks sent flying through the air, smashing the glass front door and denting the family's Fiesta car.
Mark Wilson, 22, was in his bedroom watching TV when he heard the commotion outside his home in Farmstead Way, Great Sutton, at about 10.50pm on Wednesday.
Speaking yesterday, he said: 'It sounded like somebody had fallen down the stairs.
'I saw some idiot had gone through the garden wall and taken the lamppost out as well. The council sorted that out last night.
'Somebody could have been walking past. It could have been much more serious.'
Mark said his sister Sarah, 14, a pupil at Whitby High School, looked out of her bedroom window and saw two young men, in their 20s, running away from the scene.
He added: 'The neighbours said they could hear the car earlier ragging up and down the estate.'
Police, fire and ambulance crews were called and within minutes there were dozens of neighbours standing outside watching in their dressing gowns.
Mark recognised the car involved and knows the owner, who said he had been at a birthday party when his Cavalier was stolen.
From looking at skid marks, he believes the car came screaming down the road and lost control when the driver braked hard, realising he was going too fast to manoeuvre around parked cars.
His mother Sue was upstairs in bed when the accident happened. His father Chris, a builder, was downstairs in the lounge.
'He was a bit shocked when he first came out. There was smoke everywhere. I thought somebody might be in the car and hurt.
'My dad's a builder so I'm sure he will be able to sort out the wall.
' They're selling the car next week so they'll have to get it repaired now it's got a big dent in it! The main thing is nobody was injured.'
Station officer Lee Whittle, of Ellesmere Port Fire Station, was furious that the car thieves' behaviour had led to such devastation and warned that they could have killed somebody.
He said: 'It makes me angry. If someone had been walking along there they would have killed them without any thought.'
Sergeant Alan Todd of Ellesmere Port police said the vehicle had been taken away for a forensic examination.
'We have contacted the registered keeper and he has confirmed it has been stolen,' he said.
Witnesses are asked to call police on 0151 355 4066.