Sleepy driver strays into Clinton paddock

20:06, Jan 26 2014

A Dunedin woman was taken to hospital after crashing her car into a paddock early yesterday.

Constable Logan Dickie said the 34-year-old woman was driving from Dunedin to Invercargill when she pulled over for a nap just before Clinton.

"She then woke up and thought she was good to go, but she obviously drifted off because the next thing she realised, she was in a paddock."

The crash happened at 3am, about 1 kilometre north of Clinton.

The car crossed the centre line and smashed through a fence into a paddock, but was not too badly damaged, Mr Dickie said.

The Clinton fire brigade as well as Balclutha police and ambulance were called to the scene.

The woman was taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance, mainly as a precaution.

She was wearing a seat-belt, Mr Dickie said. "That probably saved her from smacking her head on the windscreen."

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