Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 11:40, 19 May 2014 |
Updated: 14:02, 19 May 2014
A young man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving last night after a Mini Cooper smashed into a charity shop in Canterbury.
The vehicle caused structural damage estimated at thousands of pounds to the RSPCA shop in St Dunstan's Street.
It happened shortly before 10.30pm and firefighters were called after smoke was believed to be coming from the car, which turned out to be steam.
Terry Thompson, 46, owns the property and lives in the two floors above the shop with his partner Jo Kidd and their three-year-old daughter Rosa.
Mr Thompson said the family were preparing for bed at around 10.20pm when the crash happened.
"We heard an almighty bang – the whole building shook," he said. "I looked out of the window and saw a Mini sticking out of the building. I just don't know how they could have done it.
"I saw two lads standing by the car – they looked utterly dazed. I was told they were going out to get a kebab."
The impact had severely damaged a brick pile which supports the 19th century building.
Initially Mr Thompson and Ms Kidd feared they would have to find somewhere else to stay.
However, workmen have been able to stabilise the structure with temporary support struts.
Mr Thompson said: "This is going to cost tens of thousands to repair."
A 24-year-old man was in police custody this morning and due to be interviewed about the crash.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.