IT WAS a wild ride which left a driver breathless and neighbours scratching their heads.
A man, 46, was driving his white Ford sedan in Coffs Harbour’s Pearce Drive and turned into his driveway when disaster struck on Saturday at 1.50pm.
The man told police his brakes failed when he tried to stop and then the engine revved.
The vehicle pulled to the left and careered down a steep slope, slamming through and demolishing a Colorbond fence.
The car continued to hurtle out of control down the hill over a retaining wall before it wound up hitting the back of a house.
The impact sheered off a pole holding up the rear balcony, causing major damage and threatening the integrity of the structure.
Although no-one was injured the shocked bystanders couldn’t believe their eyes as the car was left perched precariously against the side of the home.
Tow truck drivers were called in but it is understood a crane was eventually needed to remove the runaway vehicle.