‘Un­ac­cept­able’ be­hav­iour

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

Hol­i­day-mak­ers and res­i­dents in the Macken­zie are be­ing warned to stay safe in the lead up to a busy sum­mer with an in­flux of peo­ple in the district.

This fol­lows three ma­jor in­ci­dents po­lice re­sponded to over the week­end in the Macken­zie, on both land and on wa­ter, with one la­belled ‘‘un­ac­cept­able’’ and an­other ‘‘ex­tremely lucky’’.

Mid/South Canterbury area com­man­der In­spec­tor Dave Gaskin said there would be a stronger po­lice pres­ence in the Macken­zie District over sum­mer with ex­tra staff on the ground to equate for the in­crease in peo­ple in the area.

He said many ru­ral ar­eas across the re­gion would have in­creased staff but the Macken­zie was the ‘‘main one’’ as there was so many ex­tra peo­ple in the area over sum­mer.

Week­end in­ci­dents in­clude a hit and run fol­low­ing a party in Twizel that left two men in­jured and hav­ing to be air­lifted to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Richard Quested, of Ti­maru, said at around 3am on Sun­day two men aged 27 and 24 were in­jured in the in­ci­dent on Macken­zie Drive.

Po­lice un­der­stood there was a party on nearby Oma­hau Cres­cent in Twizel on Satur­day night.

It ap­peared there was an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween some of the party go­ers and as a re­sult two peo­ple were hit by a ve­hi­cle on Macken­zie Drive.

The in­jured men were taken to the Twizel Med­i­cal Cen­tre and later air­lifted to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal.

On Satur­day morn­ing, Con­sta­ble Brad Mor­ton, of Tekapo, stopped a 20-year-old man from Christchurch driv­ing at a ‘‘com­pletely un­ac­cept­able’’ speed of 181kmh on State High­way 8 be­tween Tekapo and Twizel.

The man, who was driv­ing a grey 2012 Mazda Ax­ela, had his li­cence au­to­mat­i­cally sus­pended for 28 days and would ap­pear in the Ti­maru District Court on charge of driv­ing at a dan­ger­ous speed.

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