Crash driver fined

Speeding to get to work is set to cost a New Plymouth man several weeks' pay after he crashed his car and wrecked a power pole.

Jamie Joseph Turner, 23, yesterday admitted a charge of dangerous driving after reaching speeds in excess of 90kmh at 5.55am on May 24 on Katere Rd, in a 70kmh zone.

He admitted to police who attended the crash that he was speeding because he had only a few minutes to get to work.

He rounded a right hand bend, lost control and skidded for 50m.

The car mounted the curb and hit a power pole.

The car was spun around and left sitting over a low bank entangled in deer fencing.

Both he and his partner walked away unharmed.

The impact moved the power pole half a metre and bent the struts on top of the pole.

Police believed he was travelling a lot faster than 90kmh.

Yesterday the New Plymouth District Court heard that the power company was expecting to get the thousands of dollars for the repair of the power pole from Turner through civil proceedings.

Community Magistrate Sherida Cooper fined Turner $500 plus $130 in court costs. He was disqualified from driving for six months.

Taranaki Daily News