Speeding car crashes after police pursuit
A Subaru Impreza car was clocked doing more than 100kmh in a 50khm zone during a police chase that ended when the Subaru crashed into an oncoming truck on a main road in Blenheim late last night, police say.
The three men involved - the driver and his male passenger in the Subaru and a New Zealand Post truck driver - all walked away from the crash, which happened on Sinclair St, which is part of State Highway 1, about 11pm.
Sergeant Graham Single, of Blenheim, said a police patrol car came across the Subaru doing 'donuts' beside a pond on SH1 just out of Blenheim. When the police patrol car approached, the Subaru driver turned back to Blenheim and drove along Grove Rd at speeds "in excess of 100kmh", Mr Single said. The driver lost control where Grove Rd becomes Sinclair St, and the car hit the edge of the footpath and crashed into a New Zealand Post delivery truck, he said.
The Blenheim Volunteer Fire Brigade and St John Ambulance attended the scene alongside police.
The two roundabouts near the crash site, at the intersections of Alfred and Nelson streets with SH1, and the intersection of Auckland St and SH1 were temporarily blocked as emergency services worked to clear road of the car and truck and debris. A crane was brought in to remove the truck. The men were taken to hospital to be checked.
Police could not confirm the ages of the men or where they were from, but it is believed that the males in the Subaru are in their late teens or early 20s, Mr Single said.
Brodie Bourke, who was among a handful of onlookers at the scene, said he had been in his bedroom at a backpackers on Budge St and heard a large bang. "All we heard was this loud bang - we had no idea what it was."
Police are investigating the crash.
Grove Rd becomes Sinclair St toward the intersection with Main St, but a lot of Blenheim people refer to the whole stretch of road as Grove Rd.
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