Driver charged after chase

An  Invercargill forestry worker has been charged with string of driving offences after a police chase through South Dunedin on Saturday.

Izrael James Grennell (28) was remanded in custody by consent after appearing in the Dunedin District Court yesterday.

Grennell is charged with driving with excess breath alcohol, failing to stop for police and driving dangerously.

He fled from a police checkpoint in South Dunedin on Saturday, a police spokeswoman said .

``The vehicle fled at speed down King Edward St.

``The vehicle was spotted and followed for a short distance before the pursuit was abandoned.''

The vehicle was seen again by police. The driver pulled over, left the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

A dog handler tracked the motorist, who was arrested and processed for drink-driving. He recorded a breath-alcohol level of 526mcg.

Grennell is expected to reappear in court today.