Drink driver flips car near group of children

The car flipped landing on its roof. Photo / Cambridge Police Facebook
The car flipped landing on its roof. Photo / Cambridge Police Facebook

A drink driver who crashed into a parked car in Waikato last night, causing the car to flip and land on its roof, was only 20 metres away from a group of kids playing on a trampoline.

Cambridge Police posted photos of the silver car on its Facebook page alongside a message describing what happened.

The driver of the car, who was later processed for drink driving after blowing "well over the limit", was going down Fairview Rd in Te Awamutu when he hit a grey parked car.

The driver managed to escape with only a few cuts and bruises. Photo / Cambridge Police Facebook
The driver managed to escape with only a few cuts and bruises. Photo / Cambridge Police Facebook

The car flipped and landed on its roof, but the man managed to escape with only a few cuts and bruises.

"Luckily he was wearing his seat belt which held him in place until the good folks at the Fire Service cut him out," Cambridge Police wrote on Facebook.

No one else was injured but the residents of Fairview Rd got "a heck of a fright", they said.

They later added: "There were some kids about 20 metres away playing on a trampoline. Scary!"

Cambridge Police also had message for people.

"Alcohol and cars don't mix. If in doubt, don't get behind the wheel.

"It's not as if we need another reason not to drink and drive, but here is another one..."

The car was pushed about eight metres from where it was parked. Photo / Supplied via Brittney Goodrick
The car was pushed about eight metres from where it was parked. Photo / Supplied via Brittney Goodrick

Brittney Goodrick was the owner of the parked car that was hit.

She told the Herald this morning that she wasn't there at the time of the crash, but got to the scene within five minutes.

"My 3-year-old car will most likely be a write-off due to this drink driver. My car was pushed about eight metres from being parked on the side of the road and ended up sideways between the driveway and the neighbour's driveway, just missing their car and the child playing nearby."

Ms Goodrick said her car also narrowly missed another girl by a few metres, who was about to get into her car that was parked beside hers.

She said the man needed to be cut out from his flipped car.

"Now this drink driver has left me with no car, no way to get around or get to work and I am forced to take time off to try find a new car...."

- NZ Herald

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