A vehicle caused this damage at Opoho Park, Dunedin, early
yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A ute was impounded by Dunedin police yesterday morning
after it was seen doing ''donuts'', and cutting up grass at
A 23-year-old former Dunedin man, who works overseas, was
later charged with driving with excess breath-alcohol,
Dunedin police said.
Sergeant Damion Rangitutia said a member of the public rang
police at 9am after seeing the ute being driven round the
Police were given the vehicle's registration number and
immediately went to the area, but the man had driven off.
The vehicle was later driven past while police were still at
the park, investigating the matter.
Police followed the vehicle, which was stopped shortly
afterwards, also in the Dunedin North area, about 10am. The
driver was later charged with driving with excess
Police were continuing inquiries, including with passengers
in the vehicle, to confirm who had been driving earlier when
the grass had been damaged.
Sgt Rangitutia said police ''frowned on'' such offending, and
were concerned about the damage to a community recreational
The vehicle had been impounded because of its involvement in
the damage, he said.