Kurt Bayer

Kurt Bayer is an APNZ reporter based in Christchurch.

Crash ends any hope of a quiet cup of tea to start the day

Bette Eavestaff's morning was interrupted when a car crashed into her bedroom. Photo / Chris Gormon
Bette Eavestaff's morning was interrupted when a car crashed into her bedroom. Photo / Chris Gormon

Bette Eavestaff's hopes of a quiet start to the day crashed in around her as a car ploughed into her bedroom yesterday.

Ms Eavestaff, 69, who lives on her own in Papakura, was having a cup of tea in bed shortly after 8am.

"I was flicking through a magazine when all of a sudden this car ram-raided my bedroom," she said. "The bricks came flying in. I got up very quickly and thought, 'Oh my gosh, what do I do now?' I panicked a bit."

The car had crossed her well-kept front lawn and gone straight through a brick wall.

Counties Manukau Senior Sergeant John Yearbury said there were no skid marks and the house had sustained "substantial" damage.

Ms Eavestaff was uninjured and, despite her ordeal, managed to keep her wits.

"They started backing out and I took their number plate straight away," she said.

"A guy - I think he was the driver - came in and asked if I was okay, and I said no I wasn't."

Police say two men - believed to be in their early 20s - were spoken to at the scene and taken back to the station.

Mr Yearbury said the pair were "very drunk" and both recorded breath-alcohol readings more than 2.5 times the limit. He says the owner of the car claimed that while he was getting petrol from a station nearby, someone had taken off in his car - a Ford Laser - and crashed it.

"There's a few doubts over that story," Mr Yearbury said.

Police are expecting to review CCTV footage from the 24-hour Mobil service station on Great South Rd today, which Mr Yearbury says will determine "whether or not his story is true".

"You don't expect something like this. It was just the fright of it all," Ms Eavestaff said. "They usually hoon out of this petrol station here, but they weren't hooning ... they just seemed to drive straight in."

- APNZ

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