Driver to appear in court after crash

The 23-year-old Blenheim man who crashed his car into a New Zealand Post truck after a police chase in Blenheim last month is to appear in Blenheim District Court on Monday.

Police said the man, who is unemployed, was driving a Subaru Impreza at 100kmh in a 50kmh zone when he crashed into an oncoming truck in Sinclair St on October 6.

Constable Andrew Holdaway said the man has been charged with driving with excess blood alcohol causing injury after recording a blood alcohol level of 143mg.

He was also charged with reckless driving causing injury, operating a vehicle causing sustained loss of traction, and failing to stop when being followed by red and blue flashing lights.

The driver of the Subaru, his male passenger and the truck driver all walked away from the crash, which happened about 11pm.

Sergeant Graham Single, of Blenheim, said a police patrol came across the Subaru doing doughnuts beside a pond on State Highway 1 just out of Blenheim.

When the police signalled for the car to pull over, the Subaru driver turned back to Blenheim and drove along Grove Rd at speeds "in excess of 100kmh", he said.

The car went out of control where Grove Rd becomes Sinclair St, and the car hit the edge of the footpath, crashing into a New Zealand Post delivery truck and igniting.

The Marlborough Express