An alleged drunk driver who smashed into a stationary four wheel drive will face charges after he fled the scene and his seriously injured back-seat passenger.
The registered owner, a 21-year-old male, lost control of his red Mazda car just after midnight on Sunday morning in the Hamilton CBD and careered into a Nissan Patrol which had stopped at the Victoria St and Ulster St traffic lights.
He was suspected of driving in excess of 70kmh in a zone where the prescribed limit was 50kmh.
The driver and front-seat passenger fled the scene and the rear-seat passenger was left with serious injuries to his face.
He was taken to Waikato Hospital and was expected to undergo surgery.
Police found the driver a short time later and tracker dogs and subsequent testing showed a breath alcohol reading of 703 micrograms per litre of blood. The legal adult limit is 400mcg.
He was charged with driving with excess alcohol causing injury and failing to stop and render assistance and will appear in Hamilton District Court on Friday.