I am unwell: smash driver

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A wayward motorist who smashed into three parked vehicles, crossed four lanes of a highway and drove on to railway tracks before crashing into a railway station platform in Waikanae last weekend blames health problems.

Charles Gary Hill, 59, was charged with drink-driving and dangerous driving after the crash, described by witnesses as "bloody crazy".

"I am medically unwell," he said in response to the allegations.

Sergeant Mike George of the Kapiti Mana Police Strategic Traffic Unit said police were called about 7.10pm after reports of a vehicle on railway tracks, about 200m north of the Elizabeth St railway crossing.

"It appears the driver has crashed into three parked vehicles in the Waikanae Hotel carpark, before crossing four lanes of State Highway 1, driving through trees and on to the railway tracks, where he's continued north before coming to a stop at the railway station."

About 70 witnesses had come forward.

Hill will appear in the Porirua District Court on April 27.

- Herald on Sunday

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