Undie 500 case for diversion

One person arrested during the weekend the Undie 500 rally arrived in Dunedin has been given diversion and another is being considered for it despite police promising no-one arrested during the disorder would get that option.

Before the Undie 500 rally, police said they would apply a strict no diversion policy for anyone arrested during the disorder.

Sixty-five people were charged after two nights of disorder in Castle St following the arrival of the rally in the city on September 11.

Dunedin area commander Inspector Dave Campbell said both parties agreed to diversion for one 19-year-old student, who was arrested during the general melee and charged with obstructing police after officers could not recall which officer had allegedly been obstructed.

"Giving a diversion was the best option in the circumstances."

Another man applied for diversion after being charged for his actions about 9pm on the Saturday, before the main trouble began, but his application was rejected.

An application from a third man, who was charged after police picked him up lying in the middle of Great King St at 2.40am on the Saturday, was being considered.



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