UPDATE: Driver, 21, arrested after car smashes into shops
01:09AM, Saturday 22 September 2012
An out-of-control car will cost a kitchen fitters thousands of pounds after it careered into the front window of their store yesterday morning.
The VW Golf started skidding near Furze Platt School, Maidenhead, just before 1.30am on Friday and left a number of Furze Platt Road stores in carnage.
After clearing a lampost and fence the silver car smashed through the glass front of McEvoy and Rowley damaging an interior kitchen showroom.
The 21-year-old driver, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while over the limit and dangerous driving, had multiple passengers when he also crashed into several brick walls.
Staff from the store boarded up its front on Friday where the glass panel had been and are trying to repair some of the damage which has been estimated to cost more than £10,000.
Paul Rowley, 51, a company director, was woken up in the early hours of Friday by a phone call from the shop's alarm company.
He said: "I thought that someone had just set it off. I was shocked when I arrived. I saw an ambulance and expected somebody to be seriously injured. They're very lucky boys. At the end of the day, we can always put the shop back together.
"Our insurance will cover it for now but we hope that eventually it will come out of the driver's car insurance. Fortunately we are still open for business as normal."
Upstairs tenant of J.F.C. Auto Recycling in Furze Platt Road, Russell Clark, 45, thought a bomb had gone off when he heard the crash.
He said: "It was just crazy. Our building had the first impact and the whole building shook. Then when it hit the kitchen fitters it was like something out of the Second World War."
The driver remains in police custody.
Witnesses can contact PC Jonathan Byng on 101 or 0800 555111.
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