After 'tortured rubber' came the car crash
A man has been arrested and charged with reckless driving after a car skidded into a concrete fence in Nelson.
Bridge Street resident Brian McIntyre said he saw a vehicle doing "handbrake slides" at an "estimated 90kmh", on the road in front of his house at 8am yesterday.
"Then there was a sound of tortured rubber as the bad guy slid across Bridge St and crashed into our neighbour's concrete block fence," Mr McIntyre said.
He said he immediately called the police. Mr McIntyre watched the driver get out of his car and take off on foot, so he asked a cyclist who had stopped at the scene to follow the "bad guy" until police caught up with him.
The driver "soon ran out of puff and walked through Queen's Gardens and the police picked him up", Mr McIntyre said.
Sergeant Nick Kempthorne, of Nelson, said today a 33-year-old man had been arrested and will appear in court on October 7.
Reckless driving was at the top of the scale for vehicle-related offences, more serious than careless or dangerous driving, he said.
Mr Kempthorne said the man fled from the scene of the crash on foot, possibly running through Queen's Gardens and into the NMIT campus.
Police apprehended him shortly after, in Hardy St, he said.
Mr Kempthorne said police received a number of calls from Nelson residents yesterday, alerting them to the erratic driver.
He estimated that the man had been driving and skidding at closer to 40kmh than 90kmh, saying it was probably a case of higher "revs" and engine noise than actual road speed.
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