A car bulldozed its way through a quiet Hastings suburban street on the weekend, waking and terrifying neighbours in the night, before crashing and fleeing the scene.
About 2am Saturday, a dark-coloured Toyota Sprinter Trueno smashed into and pulverised a concrete power pole, after the driver lost control at the second chicane on Huia St.
Hawke's Bay police said the car crossed the road, onto the right-hand side, then mounted the footpath and drove through a fence, before hitting the power pole and coming to a stop near Lowe St.
The driver and car still managed to leave the crash scene before emergency services arrived and have not yet been located by police.
Police said they were continuing to investigate the incident but a spokesman said it was evident excessive speed and poor driver skill was a major factor in the crash.
Power was widely disrupted to a number of residents in the surrounding area for a few hours because of the crash.
Unison customer relations manager Danny Gough said 598 people were affected when the crash cut power. "Within 45 minutes we had power back to the majority of those people and by 11.13am all but 37 had full power back."
Unison had to replace the smashed electrical pole and, because of safety measures, no one was harmed by the damaged power pole. "Typically we ensure when a accident like this happens we close off that section of the line so no one gets hurt," said Mr Gough.
Power cuts also affected two sewage pumping stations, one of which was re-started after faultmen isolated the power to the end of Huia St. A sucker truck was brought in by City Care Hawke's Bay to handle the sewage from the other.
Police would like to hear from anyone who has information about the incident and should contact Constable Bob Jones of the Hawke's Bay Road Policing Unit on 873 0500; alternatively information can be left anonymously on the CRIMESTOPPERS line on 0800 555 111.