Police collar unlicensed driver after crash

By Andrew Bonallack editorial@age.co.nz -
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The driver of the Mazda sedan walks around the car while Masterton police traffic sergeant Chris Megaw photographs the damage. PHOTO/ANDREW BONALLACK
The driver of the Mazda sedan walks around the car while Masterton police traffic sergeant Chris Megaw photographs the damage. PHOTO/ANDREW BONALLACK

A 19-year-old unlicensed driver who lost control of his car on Bidwill's Cutting Rd in South Wairarapa yesterday morning is now facing police scrutiny into the roadworthiness of his car and driving without supervision.

The man, heading towards Greytown, left the road after rounding a right-angle corner shortly before Wards Line, at about 8am, colliding with the bank.

Two fire appliances from Greytown and one from Featherston attended the scene.

An ambulance was called but it did not transport the driver.

Greytown station officer Seth Rance said the man had lost control on a wet road.

The car did not have a current warrant of fitness or registration displayed. The driver was heard to say he was uninsured.

Masterton police Sergeant Chris Megaw said the man would likely face charges involving the "state of his car" and driving unsupervised while on a learner's licence.

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