Escaped cattle cause chaos at Balclutha
Clutha police were kept busy attending traffic and drivingrelated incidents in the lead up, and over Easter.
Motorists had near misses with cattle that had escaped onto State Highway 1, north of Balclutha, last week.
Senior constable Tanya Grant said a truck carrying steers had to be unloaded following a crash at about 8pm last Tuesday.
However, some of the cattle, which were put in a paddock in a nearby property, escaped onto the highway in South Otago.
‘‘Visibility was poor and several motorists had near misses before one of the animals was struck while standing on the road,’’ Grant said. The condition of the steer was unknown.
At about 7pm on Thursday, police attended a crash at the intersection of John and James streets at Balclutha, after an elderly female driver failed to give way. Then on Sunday, a driver lost control of their vehicle on the corner of Kaka Point and Port Molyneux roads.
No-one suffered serious injury from these incidents.
Also on Sunday, a 36-year-old Invercargill man was summonsed for driving while disqualified and a 25-year-old South Otago man was processed for drink driving and blew a breath alcohol level of 1061mg. Both will appear at Dunedin District Court on May 2.
Overnight Monday last week, a white flag and chain were stolen from outside the Vat-t-can gift shop on the Waihola highway.
Also at Waihola, a mother had her handbag stolen from her car at the Waihola playground, while she was playing with her children, on Tuesday this week.
In nearby Taieri Mouth over the weekend, a boat was tampered with and ropes undone. Nothing was taken and no damage caused, Grant said.
‘‘However this was not the first time boats at the marina have been interfered with and the potential is there for major damage to occur should they come away from their moorings.’’
Elsewhere in Clutha, a door was kicked in at the rear of a dwelling at 12 Church St Clinton, on Monday.
Police also attended six family harm incidents and dealt with five reports of lost or found property over the Easter weekend.
A baby’s cream shawl has been left at the Balclutha police station. It had been found at Naish Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Contact Balclutha police 03 418 0203.