Tree stops car from crashing into house

A vehicle sits on a Kurow property after it smashed through a hedge and hit a cherry tree, and narrowly avoided ploughing into a nearby house, after its driver lost control on Sunday morning. Photo: Supplied/NZ Police
A vehicle sits on a Kurow property after it smashed through a hedge and hit a cherry tree, and narrowly avoided ploughing into a nearby house, after its driver lost control on Sunday morning. Photo: Supplied/NZ Police
A cherry tree was the only thing that stopped an out-of-control vehicle ploughing into a Kurow woman's home early on Sunday, Kurow police say.

Emergency services responded to the crash about 12.53am after the male driver and sole occupant of a late model Ford Ranger failed to take a slight bend at the intersection of Settlement and Cattle Valley roads.

The vehicle smashed through a thick hedge then came to rest when it struck a cherry tree on a residential property.

Senior Constable Peter Scott, of Kurow, said the tree was all that stopped the vehicle from crashing through the nearby house, usually occupied by a woman and her 7-year-old grandson.

While the woman was at the property at the time, her grandson was not.

Snr Const Scott said the woman, who had been asleep, was badly shaken.

Despite an extensive search of the area, the driver of the vehicle initially could not be found.

A 34-year-old Kurow man was later spoken to by police at his home several kilometres away, where he was processed for drink-driving.

The man denied he was the driver of the vehicle and inquiries were continuing, Snr Const Scott said.

''I am very disappointed that so many people in this area still find it acceptable to drive drunk,'' he said.

''As a community we have been hit extremely hard with drink-drive fatalities in recent years but some people do not seem to learn. Courtesy vehicles are provided by the pubs here but some still seem to regard it as a game to sneak away and drive home. This attitude is totally unacceptable and drink-drive patrolling will be stepped up as a result.''

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

 

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