Dangerous drink-driver

A young Picton man is facing several driving charges after a being involved in several serious incidents on roads in Marlborough last night.

The vehicle he was driving first came to police attention between 7pm and 8.30pm when they received complaints about the way a blue Subaru sedan was being driven in the Blenheim and Picton areas. 

A police spokeswoman said this morning they were told the car was being driven erratically and had been involved in minor collisions.

A police patrol saw the car on State Highway 62, Rapaura Rd, travelling at high speed at 9.15pm.

The patrol tried to stop the vehicle but it took off doing more than 150kmh.

The vehicle carried on west for about 5km along Rapaura Rd before it pulled over and a passenger got out, the spokeswoman said.

It took off again at high speed and continued for another 7km to the intersection with State Highway 6 and turned north towards Havelock. It hit a kerb as it turned and one tyre was punctured but the driver continued for another 9km as the driver slowed down because of the puncture.

The Subaru eventually stopped near Schneider's Culvert, where the driver was taken into custody with the help of a police dog.

A 20-year-old Picton man has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and drink-driving.

Police are keen to talk to anyone who saw a blue Subaru Legacy sedan, registration RD7286, or the occupants of the car in the Blenheim and Picton areas last night.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Megan Rosene at Picton police station on 03 520 3120.

The Marlborough Express