Driving offences and drowning a dark cloud over summer

Summer policing has tracked with normal patterns of increased activity over the holiday period, including domestic, traffic and general crime and emergency callouts.

The Lawrence rodeo on January 28 was marred by a handful of drink-driving charges issued during breathaliser stops following the event.

Last Tuesday, police attended a commercial burglary involving a damaged vehicle and the theft of tools.

Inquiries were ongoing with promising leads.

On February 2, road patrolling officers activated lights and sirens after clocking a vehicle travelling at 140kmh north of Waihola. The chase was quickly abandoned when the offender failed to stop and reached speeds of up to 180kmh. The vehicle was later involved in a crash and the apprehended driver now faces multiple charges including drunk-driving.

Balclutha Police and fire and emergency services would like to extend their sympathy to those connected with last week’s tragic drowning in Balclutha, and ask the community to be extra vigilant in regards to safety and looking out for one another when engaged in waterside activity.