RESIDENTS are furious after a driver left a trail of destruction outside their homes in the early hours of Monday.
Steve Jenkins, whose van was wrecked during the crash, said: "It looked like a tank had gone down the road."
A total of five vehicles were damaged during the incident on Queens Road West, Church. Residents got a rude awakening at around 1am when a G-registered Daihatsu Sportrak hit a Ford Fiesta and a Ford Mondeo. The car then crashed into Steve's parked blue Transit van.
The force of the crash pushed the van onto the grass verge and into a Renault Clio which in turn hit another Ford Fiesta.
Steve, 46, said: "There must have been about £10,000-worth of damage to all the cars. My van is a write-off. I was going to sell it to a friend that day but that was out of the question after the crash."
He has since bought a new van as he desperately needs transport for his business.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene but the driver of the car was not injured. He was taken away in a police van to be questioned.
Steve has been trying to get his life back on track after enduring a turbulent 12 months. His brother Andrew was charged with spying in Greece along with 11 other British plane spotters who were subsequently cleared. He has also suffered a marriage breakdown and his father died.
He added: "I was just hoping this year would be a new start for me. This is a lot of aggravation I could have done without."
l David Davis, 41, of Duke Street, Oswaldtwistle, is due to appear before Hyndburn magistrates today charged with motoring offences and possession of cannabis. He will face charges of failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving without due care and attention.