Man dies after crashing car into Timaru police station

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jul 31, 2023 |

A man has died after crashing his car into the Timaru Police Station late last night.

Aoraki Area Commander Inspector Vicki Walker said at 10.45pm, the driver was seen driving erratically in front of the Timaru Police Station.

A police unit signalled for the vehicle to stop, but the driver has failed to do so and sped away.

Police pursued the vehicle for a brief period before it returned to outside the station, and the driver was to spoken by police from inside his vehicle before driving off again.

“By this stage Police held concerns for the man’s welfare.

“About 11.30pm, the vehicle has been located on Barnard Street and its tyres spiked in an attempt to stop it.

The vehicle then drove back towards the Timaru Police Station, and struck the building at speed” Walker said.

The driver died at the scene.

The Serious Crash Unit has examined the scene and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

The station will remain open.

The man’s death will be referred to the Coroner, and the IPCA has been notified.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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