Police are appealing for anyone with information about a crash on Friday to come forward, after police found a vehicle upside down near Havelock North.
Police were last night continuing to search for the driver as well as another vehicle which, according to witnesses, allegedly picked up the driver after the accident.
Hastings Police Senior Constable Tim Rowe called for any witnesses with information about the crash to come forward.
"We want anyone who saw the incident to talk to us, especially anyone who saw the vehicle that picked up the driver," he said.
Emergency services arrived at about 4.30pm on Friday to find a badly crushed silver double-cab ute on Kahuranaki Rd. Witnesses told police they saw a man with an injury to his head allegedly crawl out of the passenger's door before getting into another vehicle and driving off.
Police said the driver came round a sweeping left-hand bend, crossed the centreline, hit a bank on the right side of the road and rolled, before crashing into a tree and landing upside down.
Police and Hawke's Bay Fish and Game regional manager Pete McIntosh both confirmed the ute was a Fish and Game vehicle. Yesterday Mr McIntosh declined to comment further.
The ute was impounded for forensic examination to determine if it had been stolen.