Driver crashes into lamp post: Matamata

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 14:44 27/12/2013
Timothy Brett Coffey
INJURED: Timothy Brett Coffey.

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A driver who bolted after he smashed through two suburban fences, a power pole and a lamp post at Matamata has been found.

The force of the impact was strong enough for airborne debris to smash the windows of an adjoining house.Police say alcohol may have been a factor.

Sergeant Graham McGurk, of Matamata Police, appealed for information about the driver's whereabouts at 11.17am and the man who is believed to be the driver, 24-year-old Matamata man Timothy Brett Coffey, was found an hour later.

An off-duty officer was the first to the scene of the crash that happened shortly before 1am on Western St, Mr McGurk said.

Residents saw the Holden Commodore station wagon speeding along Western St apparently trying to ''drift'' the car, McGurk said.

"He has then lost control of his car and crossed the centre line before hitting a steel framed fence and taking out both a power pole and street light pole and then crashed through another fence."

The driver fled the scene on foot towards Peria St and a car was seen to stop and pick someone up before driving off". 

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