Crashes, drink driving and theft
Railway barrier arms on the Balclutha-Owaka highway were damaged by an allegedly drunk driver on Sunday night.
Police received reports of a crash about 10.55pm on Sunday, which resulted in the railway signals at the intersection of High St and the highway being ‘‘taken out’’.
Senior constable Tanya Grant of Balclutha police said a 20-yearold man crashed into the railway barrier arms, causing his vehicle to become impaled.
The driver was also driving with ‘‘an alarmingly high’’ excess breath alcohol level of 1003mg of alcohol per litre of breath, she said. He faces charges of driving with excess and careless use of a motor vehicle.
Nobody was injured and it was understood contractors would repair any damage.
There were several other driving incidents over the weekend, with three south Otago men facing court appearances in the next few weeks.
On Friday a male in his 20s was charged with unlicensed driving.
On Saturday a male in his 40s was processed for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 1176mg of alcohol per litre of breath.
Police had also received a num- ber of reports of crime in the district.
Last Monday a person unlawfully entered a property on The Nuggets Road. No damage or missing property was reported.
Also on Monday about midday, a female with blonde hair, in her early 30s and wearing a distinctive Ferrari-type jacket, allegedly stole an iPhone 6S valued at $1100 from the Milton Night and Day.
On Wednesday another mobile, a black iPhone 7 valued at $1400, was stolen from South Otago High School at Balclutha.
On Wednesday afternoon, a man allegedly drove off without paying for $102.34 worth of petrol, from Z Energy garage at Balclutha.
On Saturday night a large window was smashed on a commercial building on James St, Bal- clutha.
On Sunday morning a male allegedly removed an iPad from a highway diner. He has been identified and the property recovered. He will face court proceedings in due course.
Police would be interested in hearing from anyone with information about these incidents. Call Balclutha police 03 418 0203 or Crimestoppers 0800555111.
The Balclutha-Owaka highway railway signal post was ‘‘taken out’’ in a crash on Sunday night.