Driver flees scene through fence

Last updated 11:49 25/05/2012
Masterton crash
SMASHED: This Masterton house was hit by a car.

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A driver smashed through a fence, sped across a lawn, struck a house and then escaped by driving back through the hole made in the fence.

The crash happened in Masterton at 7.15am today, with the car ploughing into a Roberts Rd property and damaging the corner of the house.

Pieces of wooden fence and car parts were left strewn across the lawn, with the car's spoiler left in the garden and a licence plate found under a tree.

Sergeant Mike Sutton, of Wairarapa police, said a 20-year-old Masterton man had since been arrested and charged with dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

He will appear in Masterton District Court at a later date.

House owner Lorraine Hall, a clothes designer, said she was in the shower when the car struck.

"The whole house shook, I thought it was an earthquake.

"10 minutes earlier and I would have been in the room [where it hit].''

She quickly got out of the shower and went to her bedroom, only to find the car still revving outside and trying to find a way round the side of the house.

"My son was going to go outside but I told him not to, because normally a person would have got out of the car after that,'' she said.

"I was a bit shaken up so I just rang 111."

The driver eventually reversed onto the lawn, drove around the fishpond and out through the hole in the wrecked fence.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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