Central Hawke’s Bay Police attended three serious motor vehicle accidents on Saturday, with the district’s top officer calling for motorists to “use caution”.
Early on Saturday evening a vehicle left the road in Otane and collided with a power pole - causing extensive damage.
Sergeant Neil Baker said the driver managed to decamp from the scene and Police are following a positive line of inquiry to locate them.
Shortly after this incident, Police were called to Waipawa-OngaOnga Road where a second vehicle had left the road.
Mr Baker said the accident caused extensive damage to the vehicle.
He said a 34-year-old male, who was only on a learners licence, has been arrested and will likely face a number of charges.
Late Saturday night emergency services were called after a cyclist was knocked off his bike on Jellicoe Street in Waipukurau.
Sergeant Baker said the 18-year-old cyclist was knocked off the bike by a vehicle which left the scene.
On Sunday night, Baker said Police had now located the vehicle involved, and an 18-year-old male is assisting with the enquiry.
The victim was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital, but is now at home recovering.
Mr Baker said while Police, including the Serious Crash Unit, were examining the Jellicoe Street scene, another vehicle has driven through the area at speed, “almost causing serious injury to staff and the public who had gathered to help the victim”.
This vehicle was then involved in a Police Pursuit before it was eventually stopped at Pourerere Beach.
A 31-year-old male has been arrested and will appear in the Hastings District Court this week facing charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop for Police.
Sergeant Baker said, “all of these incidents are extremely concerning for Police who continually come across drivers who display poor driving ability and still breach conditions of their licence”.
He asks drivers to remember the basics, drive to the conditions, respect the roads and other motorists using it, and do not drink then drive.
Some roads and streets in Waipawa will be subject to a water shutdown today.
The shutdown, from 8.30am to 4pm, will affect Watts Street, Watts Road, Eagle Street, and parts of Richmond Lane, Racecourse Road, High Street, Great North Road, and properties on SH2.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the shutdown is to provide a new water supply connection on Watts Street from the main Waipawa supply.
Later in the week, there will be a full water shutdown for the entire Waipawa township.
HB Super 8 Netball results from Friday :
Otane Thirsty Whale won their Hawke’s Bay Super 8 game against HHSOG Huia.
54-46 was the score in that game.
Central Sports Vet Services lost by four points in their game against All In Elusive, 54-50.
Weekend rugby :
Manawatu : The Dannevirke won their game after Old Boys Marist defaulted.
Hawke’s Bay :