A female occupant of a car that went off the Cardrona road
about 12km from Wanaka about 2pm yesterday is understood to
have been treated for head injuries, while the male
occupant escaped with minor injuries. The car was
travelling towards Wanaka when it ran into a small creek
and overturned. Wanaka police could not be contacted for
further details late yesterday. Photo by Mark Price.
The first week of the new year in Wanaka has seen 16
arrests by police, with alcohol consumption being the main
factor in 90% of cases.
In the weekly round-up of work done by Wanaka police,
Constable Mike Thomas said yesterday the arrests were for
fighting, assaults, disorderly behaviour, theft, resisting
arrest and threatening police.
Several people were taken into custody for detoxification.
Const Thomas said six drivers exceeded the breath-alcohol
limit, the highest being over 800mg.
Of the motor vehicle crashes attended during the week, the
worst was in Mt Aspiring Rd on January 1 when two vehicles
Two occupants were flown to Dunedin Hospital with serious
Other incidents have included youths fighting on the
waterfront, a fire and disorder at the Albert Town camping
ground, an ''out-of-control'' party spilling on to the street
and ''an unconscious drunk'' located in Ardmore St, Const
''It just illustrates what can happen when the alcohol is
flowing and out of control.
''It is no wonder police issued a number of $250 alcohol
infringement notices for people breaching the liquor ban in
and around Wanaka over the week.''
Const Thomas said there were several reports of damage around
the town and ''we have had a constant stream of people at the
station reporting lost or stolen property''.
Police assisted with two search and rescue calls and also
attended a family violence-related incident over the week.
Const Thomas said police were generally pleased with the
crowd at the Rhythm and Alps music festival in the Cardrona
There were no arrests but police and St John dealt with a
number of drug-related incidents, some requiring medical
attention, he said.