A man has died after a car crashed into a house in South Shields.
It happened just before 4:15 on Friday morning. Police were called to Chichester Road where a white Audi S3 has hit a house.
Emergency services came to the scene, where the 25-year-old male driver was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed and a formal identification process is ongoing.
A woman was passenger in the car. She was taken to hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in the collision.
Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved.
Officers later discovered there had been a third person in the car. Police investigations revealed that the male passenger had left the scene of the crash and had been found in hospital with serious injuries.
An 18-year-old man was arrested as part of the investigation. He has been released is now being treated as a witness.
Nobody inside the house was injured but significant damage was caused.
The collision has forced the B1298 at Chichester Road to close between the junctions of Westoe Road and Dean Road to allow officers carry out enquiries. Several hours later, the rom remains shut off from traffic, causing delays on alternative routes.
Northumbria Police are investigating to determine exactly what happened.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or may have information, dashcam footage or CCTV of the incident.