ANGRY mum Lisa McNally is demanding answers after a high-speed police chase on her quiet Knottingley street caused a van to smash into her garden wall.
The 27-year-old childminder claims she and six children in her care had a “lucky” escape as they were away from the house when the incident happened on North View last Thursday afternoon.
Mrs McNally said: “I was waiting with the children at a shop further along the street when I saw several police cars zoom up there after a van.
“I walked up the street to see a van crashed into a telegraph pole and my front wall with a police car crushed like a sardine can next to it.
“I was in disbelief, the children were panicking – it was a nightmare. Ten minutes later and we might have been outside the house and the children could have been crushed. I can’t believe how lucky we were.
“It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen like that – even though the van driver was in the wrong – especially as the street is near Vale J&I School where there are children everywhere.
“It was over the top as far as I’m concerned, you would think they were chasing a murderer.
“I’m angry that it was allowed to happen in this area. It’s a quiet, residential street, and I saw how fast the police were going.
“There should be rules in place that police shouldn’t be able to go about chasing in a built-up residental area.”
Mrs McNally, who said the chase also involved a police helicopter, said her seven-year-old son Bradley had been having nightmares about the incident.
She added: “He has had nightmares and wakes up panicking. He keeps asking me questions about what would have happened if I had been there. I’m going to ask the police why it was allowed to happen that way.”
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said the full circumstances of the incident were still being investigated.
She confirmed the driver of the van was a 16-year-old male who was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.