Car drives into Katikati shop

A car has driven through the front window of the Unichem Pharmacy on Katikati's Main Rd.

Stacey McNeil, of Katikati Antiques and Interiors, said a silver hatchback appeared to have crashed into the window of the gift shop part of the pharmacy about 11.30am.

Police and St John were at the scene.

"It's just got its nose sticking in the window," Ms McNeil said. "There seems to be glass everywhere. It's terrible."

She was dealing with a customer at the time of the crash but said it appeared the driver has gone forward instead of reversing out of a car park in front of the store.

Katikati police Constable Bernie Inglis said the 84-year-old driver from Katikati had pulled into the disabled parking space, stopped and then mounted the footpath.

Ms Inglis said the pedestrian, from Kauri Point, was clipped by the car and complained of a sore wrist.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said the driver received cuts to the top of his scalp and was taken to the Katikati Medical Centre for treatment.

A passenger in the car was unhurt.

A police investigation is underway into the cause of the crash. Ms Inglis said due to the circumstances of the crash the driver will be required to obtain a medical clearance from his GP before being able to drive again.

It is not yet known if the man will be charged.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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