| 11.08,19. 06:58 PM |
Car ploughs into Penrith couple's bedroom after police pursuit
Photo: The car had been travelling at speeds of up to 100kph in the lead-up to the crash. (ABC News)
A car has ploughed through a couple's western Sydney home, ramming their bed, as they slept.
The pair, aged 23 and 24, who do not wish to be identified, said it sounded "like a bomb" when the stolen car crashed into their Penrith home at about 2:20am.
Police had been pursuing the car in the lead-up to the crash, with the driver failing to stop for officers and then reaching speeds of 100 kilometres per hour in 50kph streets.
The driver of the car immediately fled after smashing the vehicle into the house on Kareela Avenue.
"We thought maybe a tree had fallen down … then [we] realised there was a hole in the wall," the 23-year-old resident said.
"I couldn't really see the person [driver] because of the headlights, but I asked if they were alright and if we needed to call anyone, and they just fled," her partner said.
Police inquiries revealed the car, along with personal items, had been stolen from a home in nearby Coreen Avenue.
The female occupant of the damaged house said she and her partner were very shaken and had only bought the house about five months ago.
"We're so lucky; it could have been way worse," she said.
"It went through our mind of all the different scenarios that could have happened.
"[But we're] just a bit annoyed it happened to us," her partner said.
The pair said the house was still structurally sound despite the significant damage, and they would stay in their spare bedroom until repairs were completed.
A local resident, Rob Wotton, called for a greater police presence in the area.
"We've got cars screaming down here all the time … we actually had one hit a tree about 18 months ago," he said.
Police are working to identify the driver and whether there was anyone else in the car at the time of the crash.
"At this point in time we are looking at fingerprints and DNA from within the vehicle in the hope that we can identify the offenders," NSW Police Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said.
"We are appealing for any information from the public."