‘Crate Day’ chaos over week­end

Waihi Leader - - News -

A po­lice unit on pa­trol at Waihi Beach dis­cov­ered a ny­lon string stretched across Seaforth Rd at head height pos­ing an ex­treme risk to road users, par­tic­u­larly mo­tor­cy­clists and cy­clists. Luck­ily the pa­trol ve­hi­cle col­lided with it first and po­lice dis­man­tled it.

A Katikati man was ar­rested for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour at Waihi Beach Ho­tel for threat­en­ing be­hav­iour to­ward oth­ers in­clud­ing bar staff. He also punched a win­dow, smash­ing it. The man was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated. While be­ing re­moved from the premises his as­so­ciate tried to in­ter­vene and was also ar­rested.

Po­lice re­ceived re­ports of about 20 to 40 peo­ple fight­ing in the carpark of Waihi Beach Ho­tel af­ter an ear­lier al­ter­ca­tion in­side.

Mul­ti­ple fights broke out in the carpark. The bar was closed early as a re­sult. Po­lice will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing fur­ther.

Po­lice at­tended a sig­nif­i­cant land­slide which blocked SH2 Karanga­hake and co-or­di­nated road con­tract­ing ser­vices to clear the high­way. The slip caused sig­nif­i­cant de­lays and is­sues re­lat­ing to traf­fic con­trol and di­ver­sions. Even­tu­ally one lane was able to be re­opened.

While po­lice were deal­ing with the land­slide an­other vi­o­lent dis­or­der in­ci­dent oc­curred at Snell Cres, Waihi Beach, af­ter a traf­fic crash in­volv­ing two ve­hi­cles.

A ute and hatch­back car col­lided at an in­ter­sec­tion, caus­ing the ute to flip on to its side.

Two oc­cu­pants from the ute were hos­pi­talised with mod­er­ate in­juries. Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing but early re­ports are that two groups be­gan fight­ing af­ter the crash.

Fur­ther to this a Waihi Beach vol­un­teer fire­fighter was as­saulted by a man.

The male sus­pect has been iden­ti­fied, how­ever, at the time of this re­port po­lice are still try­ing to lo­cate him.

The driver of the hatch­back car un­der­went al­co­hol breath test­ing pro­ce­dures. He was charged with care­less driv­ing caus­ing in­jury and driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol. He will be ap­pear­ing in court soon.

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