'Kate Middleton' makes less than regal visit to city

16:00, Dec 26 2013

A woman claiming to be royal Kate Middleton sped the wrong way down a one-way street in New Plymouth before rolling her car on State Highway 45 yesterday morning.

Senior Constable Grant Kennard said the 44-year-old woman had refused to let emergency services help her after she crashed about 7am.

"She thinks she's Kate Middleton. She was saying ‘you can't touch me because I'm royal'," Mr Kennard said.

Earlier the woman had been reported driving more than 80kmh the wrong way on Courtenay St.

"It's lucky there was nobody coming the other way."

Before the woman crashed near Tataraimaka on SH45 between Oakura and Okato she had been weaving across the road, Mr Kennard said. "A car had to swerve to miss her. It was a close shave."

Her car hit a bank, rolled and came to a stop on its roof, but she was not injured.

"She's obviously someone who is not in a fit state of mind to be driving."

Mr Kennard said the woman was being assessed by mental health professionals.

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