Car finishes in fiery crash

Last updated 11:30 18/12/2012
Crash on Sinclair St
Derek Flynn
Lucky escape: Three men were lucky to walk away from the crash scene on Sinclair St in central Blenheim following a police pursuit

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A Blenheim drink-driver has admitted leading police on a high speed chase through Blenheim which ended in a fiery crash on Sinclair St.

Jarrod Paul Moore drove at more than 100kmh through Blenheim trying to escape police before crashing into a truck on October 5, police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said.

Police officers had to rescue Moore and his passenger from the burning vehicle, he said.

In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Moore, 23 of Redwoodtown, admitted driving with excess blood alcohol of 143mg (legal limit 80mg) and failing to stop for police.

He was disqualified from driving for nine months, sentenced to 140 hours community work and ordered to pay reparation of $3000.

Judge Bruce Davidson said Moore would also be required to hold a zero alcohol licence, meaning he could not drink any alcohol and drive for three years after he got his licence back.

Mr Harris said officers in a police car spotted Moore doing burnouts on grass alongside SH1 about 11pm on October 5.

While they were turning round, Moore sped away and the officers followed with flashing lights.

Moore sped through Blenheim, reaching speeds of 110kmh, but hit the curb at the intersection of Sinclair St and Main St, lost control of the car, and crashed into a truck and trailer, he said.

The impact of the crash immobilised the truck while Moore's car caught fire and officers had to rescue Moore and his passenger, who were taken to Wairau Hospital with minor injuries, he said.

Police yesterday withdrew charges against Moore of sustained loss of traction and careless driving causing injury.

Defence lawyer Rob Harrison said Moore had approached the company which owned the truck and arranged to pay the insurance excess of about $3000.

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- The Marlborough Express

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