Be­hav­iour in bad taste

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

num­ber of lo­ca­tions. He moved from one lo­ca­tion to an­other us­ing var­i­ous modes of trans­port.

‘‘I don’t know what was be­hind his of­fend­ing but it’s al­most like joyrid­ing.

‘‘Cromwell doesn’t see of­fend­ing of this type. We are ex­tremely happy to re­move this of­fender off the streets.

‘‘He is now in cus­tody and I have noth­ing but praise for the ac­tions of my staff who worked not only tak­ing him into cus­tody but also iden­ti­fy­ing and speak­ing to com­plainants of the var­i­ous of­fences and cov­ered ev­ery­thing off.’’

Po­lice en­cour­aged any­one who might have been a vic­tim of a bur­glary to con­tact the sta­tion.

Lucky save

Dam­age to the old rail­way bridge across the Manuherikia River af­ter a car smashed along a 20m sec­tion and stopped be­fore tum­bling over the side.

A young driver was count­ing his bless­ings af­ter los­ing con­trol on a one-lane bridge near Alexan­dra.

Sergeant Matt Al­ley, of Alexan­dra, said the male driver lost con­trol of the car cross­ing the one-lane rail­way bridge near the Shaky Bridge his­toric re­serve at 11.50pm on Thurs­day.

‘‘The ve­hi­cle hit the south­ern side of the bridge pulling the guard rail down for about 20 me­tres and was only pre­vented from plung­ing into the [Manuherikia] river be­low by a wire fence at­tached to the guard rail.

‘‘We are very for­tu­nate not to be deal­ing with a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in this case. It is quite a drop to the river bed be­low from the bridge, and the river is up due to re­cent snow melt.’’

Alexan­dra fire chief Rus­sell An­der­son said the ve­hi­cle had one wheel hang­ing over the side of the bridge when they ar­rived.

The driver and the fe­male pas­sen­ger had left the car by the time the bri­gade ar­rived.

Al­ley said po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the crash but be­lieved al­co­hol was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

The driver was pro­cessed by po­lice for driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol and his li­cence has been sus­pended for 28 days.

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