Driver crashes and flees

Andrew Claridge came across the crash shortly after it happened and phoned police, before snapping these pictured on his phone.

Police located a driver in hospital after they left the scene of an accident last Sunday morning – their car smashing into a power pole on Kaipaki Rd.

The impact of the crash was so powerful it ripped the power pole from the ground, and caved in the rear passenger side of the car.

Cambridge resident Andrew Claridge came across the wreckage around 6.30am Sunday, finding the car empty with blood inside. The engine was still warm. He phoned the police.

 

The impact of the car forced the power pole out of the ground.

Police say the driver was later spoken to at a nearby hospital. They could not provide further updates.

The incident followed another crash further north on Ohaupo Rd only two days earlier. A car ploughed through a post and rail fence and came to a stop when it hit a tree on a front lawn. No injuries were reported.

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