Crash shakes quiet street

By Sonya Bateson

An alleged drink-driving teenager who crashed his car into a suburban property turned a night in front of the television into a real life drama for Welcome Bay residents.

The crash happened about 9.15pm on Wednesday, after police say an 18-year-old crashed into a wall on the intersection of Victory St and Achilles Cres.

Acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Hunter said the driver then tried to drive off but was stopped by police after members of the public pointed officers in the right direction.

Three teenagers were uninjured in the crash and the driver was processed for drink-driving.

Repair crews were at the property yesterday to fix the damage.

A Victory St resident, who did not want to be named, said he had been watching Big Bang Theory when he was interrupted by a big bang.

"I went out on to my deck and there was a car sitting on top of a power box and the fence was broken. The guy in it was trying to drive off it.

There were people hanging around, then it just took off up the road.

"A guy from up the road had gone to see if he was okay, he was right there and got the number plate. Then the fire trucks, the ambulance and police showed up."

The man said the car had been driving up Achilles Cres towards Victory St when it crashed and ended up facing in the opposite direction.

Achilles Cres resident Tim Shackleford had also settled in to a quiet night in front of the television when he was drawn outside by a large bang and people arguing.

"I heard a crunch and wondered what the hell it was."

Mr Shackleford said the driver had smashed into a letterbox and hit a power transformer.

He said he heard a lot of "yelling and screaming".

- Bay of Plenty Times

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