A middle aged Hamilton drink driver will be left with a hefty damages bill after crashing into a parked car along Hamilton's Rippon Road on Sunday night.
Hamilton police Senior Constable Alex Chaffer said the incident happened at 9pm Sunday when the driver collided with a parked car.
"The driver has gone into the parked vehicle, pushed it into the front yard of an address and through the fence," he said.
"That's caused significant damage to both vehicles, the fence and the front yard."
Senior Constable Chaffer said the driver was spoken to by police at the accident scene.
"He tested positive to alcohol in a preliminary breath test and later, back at the Hamilton police station, recorded an evidentiary reading of .13," he said.
"His licence was immediately cancelled for 13 months and he was handed an infringement notice for $702."
In addition the 55-year-old Hamilton man is expected to have to complete a road safety awareness course before he gets his licence back and then be subject to an alcohol interlock device.
The device requires the driver to pay a fitting fee, monthly charges and a removal fee.
It's unlikely the driver's insurance will cover his own vehicle or the other car, leaving him to pay for the damage to both vehicles.
"It's going to be a costly exercise. He was certainly in no condition to drive and should never have been behind the wheel of a vehicle," Senior Constable Chaffer said.
"It's going to be a very costly lesson," he said.
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