Crashing, smashing incidents

Dunedin police were kept busy last weekend, dealing with crashes, stolen cars and youths smashing glass bottles in streets.

At 1.30am on Sunday, students noticed a car had rolled down a hill and crashed into another vehicle parked in Clyde St, North Dunedin.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said that when police arrived, they noticed the vehicle had been damaged in a previous crash.

Then at 9.30am, a man who had spilled coffee on his lap while driving crashed into a power pole in Larnach Rd.

A negative breath test confirmed it was indeed only coffee the 39-year-old had been drinking.

Early on Monday, the driver of a Toyota Altezza, crashed into a traffic light pole while attempting to turn into Hillside Rd from King Edward St, near Cargill’s Corner.

By the time police arrived at 4.20am, the car had been abandoned and was found to be stolen.

On Monday evening, five youths were found breaking glass bottles in Chapel St, abusing a witness who had approached them.

Police located three of the youths on the corner of Chapel and Ayr Sts in central Dunedin.

Once they were identified, the youths were picked up by one of the groups’ mothers.


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