Car flips after crashing through barrier

'It's the first time I've seen anything like this'

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2014
Constable Cat Preston
CHARLOTTE CURD/FAIRFAX NZ
CRASH LANDING: Constable Cat Preston checks inside a car that went over a bank in Moturoa, New Plymouth, last night.

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A car plunged down a bank and landed upside down and on its nose at the back of a petrol station in New Plymouth last night.

The two occupants of the car escaped the crash at the back of the Moturoa BP petrol station without injury, Constable Cole Brown said.

"It's the first time I've seen anything like this," he said.

"The car narrowly missed landing on the top of the workshop."

The vehicle was coming up South Rd when it crossed the centre line, crashed through the barrier before landing on its nose, he said.

"The couple were returning from the pub after having several drinks, when they began arguing. The driver was temporarily distracted and that led to this," he said.

Brown said the driver would appear in court on September 9, facing charges of careless driving, being an unlicensed driver, and failure to comply with prohibition.

The driver was under the alcohol limit, but would have been over if the new limit of 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, scheduled to begin in December, had been introduced.

Brown warned other drivers to pay attention on the road. He said if drivers were arguing with passengers, they should pull over and settled their differences.

A crane was called to lift the car from the crash scene.

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