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.

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