Deer farmer finds posts smashed
A motorist who crashed into a South Canterbury deer fence then fled could soon get a visit from police after leaving a registration plate at the scene.
The driver, believed to have been in a blue vehicle, lost control in O'Neills Rd, Hook, just before a sharp bend.
The vehicle skidded on gravel, veered to the left and ploughed through about nine large wooden posts, which were part of two fences.
Farm manager Rory Foley discovered the trail of destruction on Sunday. On closer inspection he found one of the vehicle's registration plates, glass and the rear-view mirror on the ground. Blue paint was also embedded on one of the smashed fence posts.
"I'm actually surprised they didn't kill themselves. It must have scared the shit out of them."
He said police had run a check on the number plate to find out who owned the vehicle.
"It turns out to be a local from Waimate," Mr Foley said.
Police had not yet apprehended anyone, but their inquiries were continuing, a spokesperson said.
Mr Foley wants to see the culprit pay the price, which he estimates to be "a good couple of thousand dollars".
He realised the situation could have been much worse though. "As luck would have it, my [eight] big sire stags sit in here ... but they were in another paddock."
Mr Foley was surprised no-one had come forward.
Now, with the help of the registration plate, he hoped the culprit would still be found and made to pay for damages.
The Timaru Herald