Alcohol link in two Gore crashes

RACHAEL KELLY
Last updated 11:46 25/08/2014
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CRASH: Plywood covers the hole in the PGG Wrightson building at Heriot in West Otago where a 27 year old Heriot man suffered critical injuries after his car hit it on Saturday night.

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Alcohol was a factor in two crashes in Gore which left two people in hospital, one critical, police say.

A 27 year old Heriot, West Otago man was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital in critical condition after the Subaru stationwagon he was in crossed the centre line and "impacted heavily" with the PGG Wrightson building on Roxburgh St, Heriot at 10pm on Saturday night, Sergeant Clint Wright of Gore said.

He remains in a critical condition in Dunedin, he said.

A 26-year-old Heriot woman, was taken to Gore Hospital before being transferred to Southland Hospital in Invercargill with moderate internal injuries.

On Friday night a Nissan Primera skidded for 55m in Thomas St, Gore, before hitting the kerb and coming to rest in a hedge, he said.

The driver and his passenger both fled the scene but the passenger, a 20-year-old Gore man, was arrested a short time later for threatening residents in the street who were at the scene.

The driver, an 18-year-old Gore man, handed himself in at the Gore Police Station the next day and was charged with dangerous driving.

Police believed alcohol was a factor in both crashes, he said.

Wright was extremely concerned that there were still people prepared to put everyone at risk by driving dangerously without the consideration for any safety.

''I ask that they put their keys away prior to socialising, have plans put in place for transport going to and coming home from functions and generally just to be safe on our roads.''

''There are too many unnecessary crashes happening due to poor decision making. Police will be out in force and will catch people that speed, drink drive and and drive in a dangerous manner.''

He urged the public to report any instances of dangerous driving at their local police station or by dialing *555 or 111.

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