‘Car could have gone straight through house’

The cottages at Maxwell,s row

The cottages at Maxwell,s row

An elderly couple were badly shaken when joyriders crashed into their house at Maxwell’s Row, Dundalk, in the early hours of Monday morning.

It is believed the driver lost control while allegedly doing ‘doughnuts’ at Lisdoo and hit the front of the house. The driver then fled the scene.

Sinn Féin Councillor Jim Loughran called to the couple on Monday morning.

“They are still very shaken after their ordeal which is understandable,” he said. “At 3:30am they heard a massive bang and when they got up, a car had lost control while doing doughnuts and hit their home, causing structural damage to the inside and outside of the property.”

Cllr Loughran and his northern colleague, Cllr Liz Kimmins from Newry, held a meeting with Superintendent Gerry Curley last week and discussed the issue of anti-social behaviour on local roads.

“We told him how these drivers were causing havoc on both sides of the border,” Cllr Loughran said.

“They are intimidating other drivers and we need to get them off the roads.

“They race along the motorway, go round the roundabouts the wrong way, and do doughnuts at different junctions. We are calling for the PSNI and gardaí to co-operate in taking measures to rid the North Louth-South Down area of this blight.”

“Someone is going to get badly hurt or killed.

“It’s bad enough they are intimidating other road users but now people aren’t even safe in their own homes.

“We were lucky that the car didn’t go right through the house,” Cllr Loughran said.

Gardai have asked if anyone has any information to contact them at 042 - 9388400.


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