Belinda Feek is a NZ Herald reporter

Hamilton house crash accused in court

Hamilton man Che Cooper is facing multiple charges after a car he was allegedly driving crashed into the lounge of a unit on Clarkin Rd on Saturday night. Photo / Supplied
Hamilton man Che Cooper is facing multiple charges after a car he was allegedly driving crashed into the lounge of a unit on Clarkin Rd on Saturday night. Photo / Supplied

A Hamilton man is accused of driving drunk and speeding off from a police checkpoint before crashing into a 62-year-old's house.

Labourer Che Lincoln Cooper briefly appeared in the Hamilton District Court this afternoon facing multiple charges after the crash late on Saturday night.

Through lawyer Glen Prentice, Cooper entered no plea to charges of driving using a mobile phone, failing to stop, driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 938mcg, reckless driving on Clarkin Rd, and driving while disqualified.

He also faces violence charges from an incident the same day - threatening to do grievous bodily harm, intentional damage of a wall and bathroom door and two charges of assaulting a female.

Cooper was remanded in custody to reappear for a bail hearing tomorrow.

Clarkin Rd resident Robyn Wyber, 62, was sitting on her couch when she heard sirens blaring about 11.30pm on Saturday.

She got up from her couch and headed to the back of the house when she heard a massive bang and fell to the floor.

She was then told by police that a car had smashed through her lounge window.
Wyber was shaken but escaped injury.

A person driving a vehicle that was also allegedly hit by Cooper was taken to hospital in a moderate condition.

- NZ Herald

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