The Mitsubishi ute severely damaged in a hit-and-run crash in Martinborough on Saturday night. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Police: Driver headed south

Police are seeking the driver of a Ford Ranger ute after it ran a stop sign and crashed into another ute in Martinborough on Saturday night, then left the scene.

The offending vehicle, described as a dark coloured, new model, drove through the stop sign at the junction of Princess and Kitchener streets at about 9pm, heading north at about 70kmh in a 50kmh zone.

It collided with a Mitsubishi ute being driven along Kitchener St, hitting the back of the car, causing considerable damage and spinning it off the road.

The Ford Ranger ute drove off without stopping, continuing along Ponatahi Rd towards Carterton.

Police said the Ford Ranger would have significant front-end damage, as the left front guard was found a distance from the scene, along with a trail of fluids leaking from the engine.

The fluids led towards Carterton, but the vehicle was not found.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact Wairarapa Police on 06 370 0300 and reference event number 03 893 4263.