Crash driver over limit and facing $40k damage bill

Police attempted to stop a driver who fled, crashing into a power pole in Hamilton.
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Police attempted to stop a driver who fled, crashing into a power pole in Hamilton.

A drink driver is facing a hefty bill of up to $40,000 after crashing into a power pole during a police chase in Hamilton. 

Police attempted to stop the 20-year-old man driving in Hamilton East on Friday just before midnight. 

But the driver fled, sparking a pursuit, Waikato Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said. 

A police patrol pursued the fleeing driver for about two minutes around Hamilton East. 

READ MORE: Police chase ends in lamp post crash into paddock

The driver then lost control and smashed into a power pole in the residential area of May St, O'Reilly said. 

"He was subsequently arrested and given a breath-test."

The man returned a breath alcohol reading of 454mcg of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit for drivers is 250mcg. 

O'Reilly said the man was alone in the vehicle and was not trapped after the crash. 

But he faces an expensive damage bill. 

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"He will likely be charged for the power pole by the power company, which we understand could be $40,000."

The crash cut power to residents in the area for a few hours early on Saturday.

This was the second crash during a police pursuit in Hamilton in the past two days. 

Overnight on Thursday, four people were arrested after the driver – a 30-year-old man – led police on a chase from Raglan to Waingaro Rd. 

The car, with a 14-, 15- and another 30-year-old inside, took out a lamp post and crashed into a paddock. 

None of the occupants were injured, but were arrested by police and likely to face a range of charges. 

 

 - Stuff

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