Police report a pleasant and mostly trouble-free start to school holidays

A spate of minor crashes and smashes and a few drink-driving incidents were reported to police over the weekend, as visitors flocked to Wanaka to enjoy Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow and the start of the school holidays.

Const Sean Hurley said yesterday the visiting public were mainly middle-aged people or families, people who did not drink to excess or cause trouble, creating a pleasant and mostly trouble-free weekend.

Just one incident was reported yesterday, of about $500 worth of wilful damage to a public toilet door near the marina between 8pm on Sunday night and 7am yesterday.

Const Pete Reed's Crimeline report detailed several other incidents over the four-day Easter break.

An art enthusiast reported a pickpocket at the opening of the Wanaka Arts Society exhibition at Albert Town on Thursday evening, after her purse went missing from her shoulder bag.

On Thursday, a police checkpoint team processed a driver for dangerous driving and failing to stop, after a vehicle was seen reversing away from the checkpoint with its lights off.

Early on Friday, police pursued a blue Peugeot, which was speeding through intersections on Ardmore St and being driven on the wrong side of the road. The driver was processed for driving with excess breath-alcohol, failing to stop and dangerous driving.

Caltex Wanaka reported someone had smashed its garage glass front door on Friday night and police are seeking information or witnesses.

The driver of a red Toyota Corolla involved in a collision on Ardmore St at 2pm on Saturday is being sought after leaving without providing contact details. Police are also seeking witnesses.

About 10.30pm on Saturday, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked utility and continued through a hedge, a letterbox and a hydrant marker. This driver also failed to stop and provide details but is likely to face charges.



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