Vehicle hits sheep; another veers off road, clips pole

The driver was not injured, while the sheep that had wandered on to the road died. PHOTO: ODT FILES
The driver was not injured, while the sheep that had wandered on to the road died. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Two early-morning crashes kept Oamaru police busy yesterday.

The first of the two single-vehicle crashes happened about 3.15am when a vehicle travelling on Horse Gully Rd at Papakaio, inland from Oamaru, struck and killed a sheep that had wandered on to the road.

The driver was not injured.

The vehicle sustained significant damage to its front and was "likely to be written off", a police spokeswoman said.

About 90 minutes later a woman, believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel, veered off the road while driving in Arundel St in north Oamaru, the vehicle clipping a power pole and coming to a stop.

The 31-year-old from Oamaru, who was not injured, was issued with a court summons and is scheduled to appear in the Oamaru District Court on September 11 on a charge of careless driving.

In another incident on Thursday night, police received a report from a member of the public about 8.30pm that two people were "acting intoxicated" at Countdown Oamaru in Thames St, the spokeswoman said.

After the couple left the supermarket car park in a vehicle being driven without lights on, police observed it travelling on the wrong side of the road before it narrowly missed a group of pedestrians.

The 34-year-old female driver, of Oamaru, passed a breath-alcohol test but failed a roadside drug test.

She was issued a summons to appear in the Oamaru District Court on a charge of driving under the influence of a drug.

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