A man has been seriously injured after he was thrown from a farm vehicle minutes after it was allegedly stolen.
The unnamed man, believed to be a Frenchman in his 20s, was left with a badly mangled hand and had to be flown by Life Flight to Hutt Hospital for surgery.
He faces possible finger amputation after falling from the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) as it overturned on Friday, causing crush injuries.
A 24-year old associate of the man was arrested and appeared in Blenheim District Court on Monday morning charged with burglary and has been remanded on bail.
A police spokeswoman says the two men had taken the ATV from a farm near Taylor Pass Road on the outskirts of Blenheim shortly before the crash.
“A man and an associate accessed the farm in the vicinity of Taylors Pass Road, Blenheim where they located an all-terrain vehicle.
“The vehicle was driven for a short time before it overturned. The man was found by police at Wairau Hospital,” she says.
Under the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) scheme, the injured man is likely to have all his medical treatment costs, which could run into several thousand dollars, covered.
An ACC spokeswoman says that those visiting New Zealand should still have travel insurance for injuries that aren’t covered by the scheme such as illnesses, or other events like lost luggage.
The injured man was in a stable condition in Hutt Valley Hospital on Monday, a spokeswoman from Hutt Valley District Health Board says.
His associate is scheduled to appear in court in February.