Teen driver loses control, swerves across lanes, hits power pole

A driver crashed his vehicle into a power pole in Caversham after allegedly doing burnouts and goading motorists into a race.

Sergeant Matt Lee, of Dunedin, said police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) and Hato Hone St John responded to a crash in Caversham Valley Rd at 2am on Sunday.

An 18-year-old driver had reportedly been performing burnouts in Mosgiel and attempting to race vehicles on the motorway, before the crash.

Sgt Lee said it appeared the driver lost control, and the vehicle swerved across the lanes before hitting a power pole.

There was extensive damage to the vehicle and detours were put in place while the scene was cleared.

It appeared speed and impairment were factors in the crash, Sgt Lee said.

No injuries were reported to the occupants of the vehicle, but the driver was transported to Dunedin Hospital for assessment.

A Fenz spokesman said appliances were dispatched from the Lookout Point and St Kilda stations.

They found one car in the centre lane. No-one was trapped.

Aurora Energy was notified due to exposed wiring protruding from the pole.