Crash driver faces charge

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The driver of this car, seen being pulled from the wreckage by St John medics and volunteer firefighters, has been charged in relation to a high-speed crash on Kapiro Rd just before Christmas. Photo/Peter de Graaf
The driver of this car, seen being pulled from the wreckage by St John medics and volunteer firefighters, has been charged in relation to a high-speed crash on Kapiro Rd just before Christmas. Photo/Peter de Graaf

A man who crashed at high speed near Kerikeri two days before Christmas has been charged with careless driving causing injury.

Reuben Brian Shannon was driving on a straight section of Kapiro Rd when he lost control, veered into a ditch, demolished a fence, became airborne and landed upside-down in a paddock.

The car came to rest against an electric fence.

Shannon, who was trapped in the wreckage, was soaked in petrol. He had to be cut free by volunteers of the Kerikeri fire brigade and was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

A female passenger suffered minor injuries.

Shannon is due in the Kaikohe District Court on March 14 for a case review.

He is also due to appear in the same court on April 9 for an unrelated judge-only trial on three charges of possessing equipment for manufacturing drugs.

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