A car was seen to fishtail in Motueka's main street before crashing through the front window of the Nelson Mail's office.
A 19-year-old Motueka man had lost control of the car as it was making a left turn on to High St from Pah St in the early hours of Saturday, said Constable Kyle Abbott.
He said witnesses reported that the car fishtailed and then jumped the western kerb and smashed through a large plate glass window, also damaging framing and masonry.
Abbott was at the accident scene soon after the crash about 1am and said there were several people, most from nearby pubs, gathered to take a look at the damage, with security staff from the pubs keeping people out of the office.
The driver was breath tested at the police station where he returned a result of 811 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit for a driver under 20 is zero.
Abbott said enquiries were continuing and charges were likely to be filed today. The driver has been summonsed to Nelson District Court on August 12.
Coincidentally, Nelson Mail staff in Motueka were already scheduled to be moving to new premises at 219 High St today. Their contact numbers remained the same: 528 1263 for news and 528 1261 for advertising.
- The Nelson Mail
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