A driver who bolted after he smashed through two suburban fences, a power pole and a lamp post at Matamata has been found.
The force of the impact was strong enough for airborne debris to smash the windows of an adjoining house.
Police said alcohol might have been a factor.
Sergeant Graham McGurk, of Matamata Police, appealed for information about the driver's whereabouts at 11.17am and the man who is believed to be the driver, 24-year-old Matamata man Timothy Brett Coffey, was found an hour later.
An off-duty officer was the first to the scene of the crash that happened shortly before 1am on Western St, McGurk said.
Residents saw the Holden Commodore station wagon speeding along Western St apparently trying to ''drift'' the car, McGurk said.
"He has then lost control of his car and crossed the centre line before hitting a steel framed fence and taking out both a power pole and street light pole and then crashed through another fence."
The driver fled the scene on foot towards Peria St and a car was seen to stop and pick someone up before driving off".
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