Driver refuses blood-alcohol test after crash

A 38-year-old man who crashed his 4WD ute on Saturday night has been charged for failing to give a blood sample, police say.

Firefighters were called to Port Underwood Rd near Picton about 10.40pm after the ute had crashed and rolled upside down. No other vehicles were involved.

Picton chief fire officer Wayne Wytenburg said the man was stuck in the ute but eventually got out.

Firefighters stayed at the scene for up to two hours to monitor a fuel spill caused by the crash and to secure the area while a tow truck came from Blenheim. St John Ambulance manager Rebecca Lee said the driver had minor injuries and was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim to be checked.

Constable Andrew Holdaway, of Blenheim, said police were called to the crash about midnight.

The driver refused a request to provide a blood sample to test for alcohol, Mr Holdaway said.

The driver's licence was suspended for 28 days and he was charged with careless driving and refusing to give a blood sample.

He is to appear in the Blenheim District Court on February 4.

The Marlborough Express