Num­ber plate left at crash scene

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Thurs­day, Septem­ber 5

A 20-year-old man bor­rowed his flat­mate’s car shortly be­fore mid­night. He was driv­ing along Pe­ria Rd and tex­ting on his phone when he drove up onto the curb and hit two bol­lards. He then left the scene in a panic and crashed the car into a ditch on the side of the road. Po­lice were no­ti­fied the fol­low­ing morn­ing, af­ter the mud­guard and num­ber-plate of the crashed car were found at the scene. They sus­pect al­co­hol may have been in­volved.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 7

Fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent, a man went to a house on Smith St

Mon­day, Septem­ber 7

Called to a veg­e­ta­tion fire on Ran­gi­tanuku Rd near Te Poi.

Satur­day, Septem­ber 7

in the early hours of the morn­ing and re­moved a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing a bed, a fridge and a cof­fee ta­ble. He then poured petrol over the items and set them alight. When po­lice ar­rived, he was still throw­ing items from the house on the flames. Po­lice were shocked to find a one- year- old child and a 15-year-old babysit­ter in­side the house. The heat of the fire was so in­tense the win­dows of the house were start­ing to crack. The Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire

Called to a fire on the front yard of a Smith St prop­erty.

Called to a veg­e­ta­tion fire on the Kaimai Range. Con­trolled burn off.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 8

Called to an ac­ci­dent at the sum­mit of the Kaimai Range. No as­sis­tance needed by Greer­ton Fire Brigade. Brigade was called to bring the fire un­der con­trol. A 20-year-old man was ar­rested for ar­son and ap­peared in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court that morn­ing. He was re­manded on bail. He was later ar­rested for breach of his bail con­di­tions af­ter he was found to have con­sumed al­co­hol.

A 49-year-old Ro­torua man was pro­cessed for driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol.

Po­lice at­tended a sin­gle- car crash on State High­way 29. A fe­male pas­sen­ger was taken to Tau­ranga Hos­pi­tal for pre­cau­tion­ary scans af­ter com­plain­ing of a sore neck. The 17-year-old driver ad­mit­ted fall­ing asleep at the wheel and was sum­monsed for care­less use of a ve­hi­cle. He was driv­ing on a learner li­cence.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 8

A per­son walk­ing along Find­later St in the early hours of the morn­ing re­ported see­ing five peo­ple get out of a white car, fol­lowed by the sound of smash­ing glass. Po­lice were not able to find any dam­age in the area and are in­ter­ested to know what hap­pened. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 888 7011 or leave in­for­ma­tion anony­mously with Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

A Matai Ave house was en­tered some time in the night and a 42-inch Pana­sonic tele­vi­sion was taken. The of­fender/ s en­tered through an un­locked side win­dow. The oc­cu­pants were asleep at the time. It ap­pears the of­fender/s also en­tered the yard of a nearby prop­erty, leav­ing the gates open. Po­lice are con­cerned some­one is prowl­ing around look­ing for in­se­cure prop­er­ties. Res­i­dents are urged to dou­ble-check all doors and win­dows to their prop­er­ties are se­cure at night.

Po­lice is­sued 13 tick­ets for driv­ing in­fringe­ments over the week­end, one for drink-driv­ing.

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