Police were responding to reports of the man driving at speed up and down the town's main street just before the incident occurred. Photo / Supplied
Police were responding to reports of the man driving at speed up and down the town's main street just before the incident occurred. Photo / Supplied

Drunk driver crashes his way into cop station

A POLICE station has been damaged after a drunk driver crashed a car through the front doors in the early hours of today.

A 43-year-old man will appear in court today as the Taumarunui Police station undergoes repairs to fix the damage caused when he allegedly drove a car through the front doors and into the foyer at 1am today.

Inspector Steve Mastrovich said police were responding to reports of the man driving at speed up and down the town's main street just before the incident occurred.

The man, who police say was heavily intoxicated, fled the scene, but was apprehended by Police a short time later.

The damage left behind by the alleged drunk driver. Photo / Supplied
The damage left behind by the alleged drunk driver. Photo / Supplied

Mr Mastrovich said it was unclear what his motivation was.

"We are still making inquiries into what happened, and encourage anyone in the community who may have seen or heard anything at the time to get in touch with us."

Mr Mastrovich said Police would be reviewing security measures at the station following the incident, which had caused an estimated $10,000-$20,000 worth of damage.

"The station has been there more than 20 years, but this is the first time anything like this has happened."

Police said no one was injured and the station was closed at the time.


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