Police are seeking the owner of a car found crashed into a canal near the Paraparaumu beach waterfront overnight.
Sergeant Mike George said a police patrol came across the crashed Subaru Impreza WRX at about 12:30am, wedged neatly lengthwise into the narrow canal at the beach end of Kapiti Rd.
Officers had spotted the speeding car in Manly St and decided to try to apprehend him, but did not initiate a pursuit.
They saw his vehicle vanish at the roundabout on the corner of Manly St and Kapiti Road but when they reached the spot, they noticed the man's car upright and half submerged in the creek.
There was no one in it or nearby when police found it, George said.
There were no signs in the car that the man had been injured.
Sergeant Stu Lawrie said police believed they know the man's identity but had been unable to find him overnight.
''He was lucky the car didn't land on its roof.''
Parts from the car were scattered near heavy skid marks across the nearby roundabout and the roadside verge leading to the canal, and a sewerage pump station in the car's path had been badly damaged.
An airbag had been deployed in the car, and a back door pushed open as far as the barely car-width canal would allow.
George said it was not clear how many people had been in the car at the time of the crash, or if there had been any injuries.
''Looking at the scene I would say speed was certainly a factor,'' he said.
''He's come down Manly St, straight through the roundabout, and taken out the pump station, and they are not cheap to replace.''
The car had not been reported stolen, and police were hoping to speak with the registered owner.
Kapiti Coast District Council workers at the scene had begun repairs on the pump station at about 1am this morning, and said the damage to the pump station was unlikely to affect nearby houses or businesses.
A cyclist passing the scene this morning remarked ''it's a hell of a place to park''.
- Kapiti Observer
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