A car laden with passengers smashed into the outside of a bar in South Auckland early today, hitting one person, and sparking a brawl between the car's occupants.
The driver of the car is in hospital with serious injuries.
Just minutes before the crash on Great South Rd, Papatoetoe, about 3am, an emergency call was made about the way the car was being driven, Senior Sergeant Duncan Hall said.
"The witness described to police communications the vehicle occupants and that sort of thing. Then she's lost sight of it. Then we have a call about the collision."
Indications were that between four and six people were in the car, Hall said.
"The information we've got is that the bar was closed, or was in the process of closing up, and there were just a couple of people standing outside. One of those was hit and suffered a leg injury but it wasn't serious."
After the crash a fight broke out "mostly between the occupants of the vehicle".
As well as the driver, who was thought to have serious head injuries, several other people were also taken to hospital, Hall said.
Speed and alcohol were possible factors in the crash.
- Fairfax Media