Driver to face charges after crashed car found

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 24/12/2013

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Help from the public and "good old-fashioned police work" has led police to the culprit who crashed his car into a vineyard in Central Otago.

A 19-year-old Alexandra man will face charges after his car smashed through fencing at Grasshopper Rock vineyard on Earnscleugh Rd last week damaging posts, cabling and vines.

The car was removed from the scene, though police recovered wreckage and damaged material.

Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said the car was found in Clyde.

"To his credit he and his family have already contacted the vineyard owner in relation to reparation."

The driver was lucky not to have been injured or killed given the damage to the car, Mr Kerrisk said.

"This is a typical example that when things go wrong they can go very wrong and from the damage that was caused at the scene and having now seen the state of the car involved the young man was very luck that he was not injured or even killed.

"That would be tragic at any time but especially in the buildup to Christmas. That is not something we want, and we urge everybody to slow down and be safe."

Meanwhile, police were "extremely disappointed" that three people in Central Otago were caught drink-driving at the weekend, Mr Kerrisk said.

In Clyde, a 19-year-old man, who opted to give a blood sample, was caught on Saturday morning and a 55-year-old man was stopped on Saturday night. In Alexandra, a 41-year-old man was caught on Sunday.

"Once again I reiterate the need to ensure, if they are drinking, they make arrangements to get themselves or their friends home safely. We don't want people driving after they have been drinking. They are a risk to themselves and to others."

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