Crash driver to pay thousands

A 20-year-old will spend five years paying off $25,000 to businesses after a significant crash in Oamaru.

At $100 a week, Cameron Lawrence Pink will not have settled the debt until 2027.

The financial punishment was imposed yesterday in the Oamaru District Court by Judge Dominic Dravitzki in relation to charges of driving under the influence of both cannabis and alcohol, and of dangerous driving.

The crash happened about 11pm on October 30 last year, when Pink was driving north on Thames Highway, Oamaru.

He was carrying a 17-year-old passenger, travelling faster than the 50kmh limit and did not have his headlights on.

After turning around to travel south, he approached the Oamaru north end shops.

The victim was travelling north towards him when she decided to turn into a road to the right.

Not being able to see Pink, the woman turned in front of him.

Pink braked and veered left.

He first crashed into the front of the victim’s vehicle, before mounting the footpath and crashing into the side of the Daily Grind Coffee Shop and an optometrist’s buildings, which caused a concrete rubbish bin to ricochet across the road into a park fence.

Pink then crashed through the Spark phone box before finally coming to a rest on top of a Network Waitaki power box outside a post shop.

After being taken to hospital, Pink’s blood was found to contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active constituent of cannabis, and alcohol.

It was an "incident that had a potential for massive harm", the court heard.

However, Judge Dravitzki acknowledged Pink accepted responsibility and was going to be paying off the "massive amount" of reparation for many years.

Pink was sentenced to 12 months’ intensive supervision so he could address his substance abuse issues.

He was also ordered to pay $25,327 in reparation, disqualified for six months and ordered to attend a driving improvement course.

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