This Cape Flats ouma got the fright of her life when she woke up to a speeding cop car crashing into her home.
Felicity Shears, 69, and her husband, Lawrence, 72, were fast asleep when a constable driving a police van drove into their home and garage in Cadillac Street, Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain.
The elderly couple says part of their lounge wall is cracked and their garage is “ready to collapse”.
They now worry about who will be footing the huge repairs bill.
The great-grandmother and mom of six says she woke up to a loud bang at about 4am.
“I woke up my husband and said he must go and see if it isn’t our grandchild pulling the car out of the garage,” says Felicity.
“But when we opened the window of the lounge, we just saw police vehicles outside.
“We saw the police vehicle had hit our garage and home. I got such a huge shock.”
She says a cop on the scene told her the constable had been hot on the heels of a suspect.
“The driver had a woman with him in the vehicle and she had to be taken to hospital after she injured her chest,” says Felicity.
“But when the driver came back from hospital, he came to my home and said his colleague was covering for him.
“He said he was reaching for the police radio which fell when he hit the garage.”
She says the constable offered to pay the damages off in terms, but she’s not comfortable with this arrangement.
“The driver said we must do it privately and to get quotes and that he can pay it off.”
A case of reckless and negligent driving has been registered at Mitchells Plain SAPS.