A wrecked car found down a 20m bank has sparked an emergency search for the driver in Wellington this morning.
The car, balanced precariously on top of vegetation above a creek, was spotted by another driver about 8:30am.
Firefighters reached the car using climbing equipment to find nobody inside and the engine cold.
Police dogs were brought in to search for the driver in the dense bush and a helicopter was called in, but the search was called off about 10.45am.
"They found signs that suggested the driver had climbed out and scarpered," Porirua fire senior station officer Trevor Sheenan said.
Skid marks could be seen on the road where the driver was thought to have come off and they also suggested the car was heading towards Pauatahanui before the crash.
Police were not yet sure when the crash may have occurred.
The road was closed from both ends as emergency crews work on the narrow road.
The steep and winding road links Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast and Pauatahanui near Paremata.
- The Dominion Post