Update: Man faces charges after crash

Update 5.18pm: Police have confirmed a driver will be charged with dangerous driving after using vice grips as a steering wheel following a crash on Pyes Pa Rd this afternoon.

Tauranga Police Sergeant Wayne Hunter says the driver charged was using the grips to steer the vehicle at the time of the crash. 

Update 4.31pm: Traffic is down to one lane after a crash on Pyes Pa Rd involving two cars.

A witness at the scene says the driver rear ended a vehicle slowing for stop-go traffic control working in the area at the time.


The vice grips used as a steering wheel.

A SunLive reporter at the scene says there are no serious injuries although one driver has been treated by Ambulance staff and taken to hospital.

Traffic is backed up and motorists are being asked to be patient and to take their time.

Earlier: Reports are coming in of a three car crash on Pyes Pa Rd (SH36) near Merrick Rd. Emergency services are on the scene.

The crash happened about 4pm, but there are no reports of injuries at this time.

More details as it comes to hand.






8 Comments

Hey puppet

Posted on 12-05-2016 12:53 | By NotNat

Sounds like you ARE one of the ’ferels’ speaking from your hideout...what that childhood saying, takes one to know one? Sounds a little like your speaking from experience rather than assumption. Where is your meth lab located?

Hey Puppet

Posted on 12-05-2016 12:14 | By CC8

Get back on your string.... way out of line generalisation and a worthless post! The driver was using Pyes Pa Road, doesn’t mean he lives there or hides there ...and as for adding Oropi into the issue, you will buy yourself a "healthy discussion" with that comment! Where do YOU live? all you have achieved is to make a bunch of readers open the dictionary....

Feral times

Posted on 11-05-2016 20:53 | By Puppet

Interesting things are happening in Tauranga’s rural outskirts these days. Both Pyes Pa and Oropi have become hideouts for ferals. Whether they’re cooking meth or getting up to misadventures like this, these bucolic locations have now become hotbeds of nefarious activity.

A job...

Posted on 11-05-2016 19:35 | By Jimmy Ehu

for the vice squad, and seriously these people are breeding?.

I wouldn't call him a driver,

Posted on 11-05-2016 19:02 | By nerak

idiot is the polite word that comes to mind. Hope he is charged hard, callous disregard for all road users.

Walnut in head

Posted on 11-05-2016 17:42 | By maildrop

Where is a cliff with a very long drop when you need one?

Vise Grips

Posted on 11-05-2016 17:10 | By friendee

Surely someone was not driving far in that car with no steering wheel? That is the dumbest thing I have seen for a while

Wonderful...

Posted on 11-05-2016 16:53 | By penguin

...tools are vice-grips. Interesting use shown in the third photo!

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