by Senior Constable Sean Hurley
The build up to the festive season is on and a number of people continue to make decisions that will ruin 2020 for them, think before you drink, before you drive!
On Monday police had theft from an employee reported to them and the matter is still under investigation.
Tuesday saw Police dealing with a report of wilful damage, two local work men came to blows at a building site and Police dealt with a crashed vehicle on Maungawera Hill, in which a vehicle overturned. The driver failed a breathalyser test and will be appearing in court.
Friday saw Police dealing with an incident on State Highway 6 just beyond Luggate town ship in which an object thought to be a brass fuel cap went through the windscreen of a car seriously injuring the driver. Police would like to thank members of the public who stopped to assist and have since come forward with information. Officers would now like to speak to the driver of a black flat-deck truck which was seen travelling north towards Luggate around 3:30pm of Friday. The truck was described as having an empty deck with a Hiab crane at the back. Witnesses or anyone with dash camera footage that can assist the investigation are asked to contact Police on 105 quoting file number 191130/9827.
A local lady was apprehended for a second drink driving offence in two days and a local male was apprehended for drink driving when stopped at a check point. A local 17 and 18 year old were apprehended for breaching the liquor ban.
The early hours of Saturday morning saw police dealing with a family harm incident in which a male unlawfully took his partners vehicle and drove whilst disqualified and with excess breath alcohol.
Saturday evening saw a visitor to town apprehended for excess breath alcohol. Throughout these incidents excessive consumption of alcohol is the underlying problem. Individually and as a community we need to address this.
Our Community patrol who do an excellent job as our eyes and ears are looking for new members to bolster the hardworking team. If you feel you can spare time and volunteer for this role please contact the Community Police Constable at Wanaka.
Firearms holders, the last date for a Wanaka Collection event for the Firearms amnesty is Sunday 8th of December 2019, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Wanaka Rugby club rooms. Please note that you should register first on the NZ Police website under the firearms section before dropping off non complying weapons on the 8th of December. If that is not suitable check the NZ Police web site under collection events, there are events around the area until the 19th of December in Invercargill and Dunedin. Be advised that there will be no extension of time after the 20th of December 2019.
Keep safe and well leading into 2020, so we make sure we get there.