Police in Birmingham are hunting for the occupants of a white Vauxhall Astra, after it left the road and ploughed into the wall of a primary school.
Officers were called to Springfield Primary School in the Sparkhill area to find the stricken car up on two wheels, wedged nose-first in a brick wall.
The vehicle, which is not believed to have been stolen, is estimated to have been travelling at some speed, as it flattened a pedestrian guardrail before breaching the wall of one of the school's offices.
Three men were believed to have fled from the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 5am on Monday morning.
No one was injured in the collision, but the school was forced to close while structural engineers assessed the damage. Birmingham City Council said it expected the school to reopen the following day.
One school employee, who normally sits in the spot where the Astra stopped, told the Birmingham Mail of her shock: "I sit where the car came to rest," she said.
"It is an administration office and I am the only one who works in it.
"If it had been a few hours later I could have been killed.
"It is really upsetting to see the damage done.
"But I am just really thankful no-one was hurt."
Police are urging witnesses to call 101 with any information they may have.
"There was no-one in the vehicle when our officers arrived at the scene so our enquiries are continuing. If anyone has information they should contact us on 101," the spokeswoman said.