Crash shocks Oamaru couple

By on October 27, 2014
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An Oamaru couple have been left shocked after a car crashed through their concrete fence on Saturday evening.

The accident occurred after a Silver BMW, reportedly being driven by a 26-year-old Oamaru woman, allegedly missed a turn and crashed into the fence at Margaret and Fred Brough’s property on the corner of Foyle St and Thames Highway at 6.39pm.

Oamaru police Sergeant Blair Wilkinson said they had received information earlier in the day about a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated woman in Oamaru.

Shortly before the crash, the driver was located by police on Thames St near the Eden St intersection and signalled to stop.

Sergeant Wilkinson said the woman took off at speed and was followed by police before misjudging a right turn into Foyle St.

The woman was taken to Oamaru Hospital with minor injuries and charges would be laid, the sergeant said.

Mrs Brough said she was about to watch the sports news when the incident happened.

“All of a sudden, a loud bang, and I saw something fly across the lawn.”

The couple were uninjured but shocked and their fence was damaged, as were several shrubs and their elm tree.

“We were lucky she didn’t come near the house,” Mrs Brough said.

It was disappointing that this had happened, but they would be able to get the wall fixed and they had received help cleaning up the mess from people nearby, she said.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

DAMAGE: Oamaru resident Margarent Brough stands next to the damage caused by a car crashing into her fence on Saturday night.