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A 23-year-old man is facing driving charges after an off-duty police officer saw a car being driven erratically in South Dunedin.
The officer followed the car, and on-duty police later arrested the man on Tuesday night.
Officers stopped the driver in Douglas St.
He said he had taken the car from Moreau St, St Kilda, and claimed the keys had been in the vehicle, Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said.
The man also said he had drunk two 18-packs of alcohol and smoked some methamphetamine before taking the car.
After recording a high breath-alcohol reading, he later opted to have a blood test.
The man has been charged with dangerous driving and unlawfully taking the car.
Further charges are likely to be laid.
Snr Sgt Dinnissen warned motorists not to leave keys in their cars.
A police spokeswoman said police were initially alerted at 7.35pm, and were told a car was speeding and driving on the incorrect side of the street.
The man was arrested at 8.02pm, the spokeswoman said.
He is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court on Tuesday.