A CAR which ploughed through a gate and smashed into a lodge at a country house had to be left wedged into the building until a structural engineer could assess the damage to the property.

The blue Ford Focus left Blacksmith Hill and smashed through the metal gates and hit the lodge at Ozleworth Park, near Wotton-under-Edge, late last night.

The driver, a man, needed medical treatment after the incident, which happened at around 11.45pm.

The car remained where it had come to rest, in the lodge house and its rose bed, with its hazard lights flashing at midday today.

The pair of heavy wrought iron gates had been wrenched off their hinges.

Police cordoned off the scene with tape.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Ozleworth in Wotton under Edge shortly before 11.45pm last night following reports that a car had crashed in a house causing serious damage.

"Officers have located the driver of the vehicle and he is currently receiving medical treatment.

"A structural engineer is required to assess the damage to the property before removal of the car can be facilitated."