'Lucky' driver faces charge over crash

An Allied Workforce Group Ltd vehicle was shunted into the front office of the Gorge Rd premises early on Saturday  by  a private vehicle after its driver lost control.  Photo by David Williams.
An Allied Workforce Group Ltd vehicle was shunted into the front office of the Gorge Rd premises early on Saturday by a private vehicle after its driver lost control. Photo by David Williams.

A 24-year-old Queenstown man was ''very lucky'' to have only minor injuries after a car crash on Saturday morning, which police say was probably the result of ''alcohol and speed''.

At 2.15am, the man was driving down Sawmill Rd and braked heavily at the intersection with Gorge Rd,

Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, said.

His car skidded across the road, became airborne, mounted the footpath and then struck a Mitsubishi vehicle belonging to Allied Workforce Group Ltd, parked on the company's site.

Sgt Newell said the force of the impact caused the Mitsubishi to shunt another vehicle into the front display window of the building, with it coming to rest 2m inside the front office area, causing significant damage.

The driver fled on foot but was found by police a short time later with ''a fat lip and a sore nose''.

''He's very lucky it wasn't worse.''

The man will appear in the Queenstown District Court today charged with dangerous driving.