Waikato's top cop held up by slow driver enjoying the sun

A driver travelling 25 kmh along a Coromandel road caused traffic mayhem on Tuesday, creating a backlog of 50 to 70 cars.

A driver travelling 25 kmh along a Coromandel road caused traffic mayhem on Tuesday, creating a backlog of 50 to 70 cars.

A man enjoying a leisurely drive in the Coromandel sun was oblivious to the traffic chaos he was causing behind him, Waikato's top cop says.

A line of between 50 to 70 cars was backing up behind the man as he drove along State Highway 25 from Waihi to Whangamata at 25 kmh, district commander Superintendent Bruce Bird said.

Bird, who is travelling around the region to catch up with staff in holiday hot spots, was one of those caught in the back-log.

When he pulled the driver over and enquired about his very low speed the man told him he was "just out enjoying a drive in the sun and hadn't given much thought about checking his mirrors".

READ MORE:
*Tempers flare as holiday traffic builds
*More traffic woes for Auckland holiday-makers
*Tips for avoiding traffic jams as you travel to your new year

"We always tell people to drive to the conditions and at this time of year one of those conditions is congested highways," Bird said.

"We ask people to drive in a considerate manner, check your mirrors and where safe, pull over and allow other motorists to pass."

Bird said there were also a lot of boats and caravans being towed, with the intersections of SH1 and SH29 at Piarere and the intersection with SH2 and SH26 particularly busy. 

While "slow, inconsiderate drivers" were a problem on the east coast, it was those with a taste for alcohol, speed and stolen cars that were coming to the attention of officers in the Western Waikato.

On Tuesday a car took off from police in Huntly after they tried to pull it over after the driver failed to give way.

Ad Feedback

"Pulling the car over, the sergeant approached and noticed that along with the 19-year-old woman driving, there were four other females in the car but before he could speak to them the driver sped off.

"While a pursuit of the fleeing driver was initiated, the sergeant quickly abandoned it due to the nature of the woman's driving."

The car was located abandoned at an unoccupied property nearby. It had been stolen from a burglary in the town earlier in the day.

"A responding police dog and handler successfully tracked the five occupants of the car to another property where two women were arrested."

The driver faces a variety of driving, excess breath alcohol and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle charges while a 17-year-old passenger faces burglary and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle charges.

*comments are closed

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Govt scheme to increase housing

From left, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams, Salvation Army social policy and parliamentary director Major Campbell ...

People wanting to buy a new house in south Auckland may soon be in luck.

Multiple house fires

Fire crews were called to two small house fires in Auckland on Thursday evening.

Two injured in house fire - the first of two in Auckland. 

Kids come to rugby with nothing stuff nation video

Otara Scorpions chairman Willie Maea in front of the club's Verne Wilson mural.

The kids go without food, without love, without money. This rugby club offers breakfast, sport and a way out of the stereotypes.

Sore, but retinas still attached

Mike Heard jumped into the record books by smashing the previous record, 158, for the most amount of bungy jumps in 24 ...

We check in with the man who free-fell a total of 18km yesterday, while bungy jumping 430 times in 24 hours.

Wellington

Christmas in November?

Last year's Very Welly Christmas was hailed a success, but retailers say people did not shop.

Capital's Xmas event moved to November because December doesn't suit shop owners.

$98m boost for rail

Wellington rail commuters are on the receiving end of a Budget boost for the country's rail infrastructure.

Rail commuters on the receiving end of a Budget boost for Hutt, Melling and J'ville lines.

Mall meeting draws hundreds

Plans to redevelop Johnsonville Shopping Centre have been in the pipeline for years, with residents fed up with the slow ...

"What should the beating heart of the northern suburbs is on life support."

Old-school tech saves the day

When technology failed, a judge improvised in traditional fashion.

Courtroom audio link fails, so judge holds up signs for prisoner to read.

Canterbury

Post-quake architecture boom

This building at 18 Butler St won an enduring architecture award.

OPINION: Johnny gets to judge awards with a carful of snazzy architects.

'Dirty 30' named gallery

The heritage Peterborough Centre is mired in an insurance dispute.

Owners of derelict properties on a list of "dirty 30" in Christchurch could lose them if they do not take action.

Fog could delay flights

Passengers booked to fly out of affected ports can transfer to later flights or hold the value of their fares in credit.

Fog may cause delays in Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill.

Christchurch man missing

Michael Craig McGrath went missing on Sunday evening.

Police have concerns for the welfare of 49-year-old Michael Craig McGrath.

Waikato

Waikato welcomes the Blue Card

Waikato will introduce the Blue Card initiative into rugby from June 3.

Waikato Rugby is the latest union to implement the Blue Card initiative as part of NZ Rugby's programmes to combat concussion.

Fines for calf abuse

Wayne Lyall Henry, 47, and Norman Arthur Baker, 71, were sentenced in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday in ...

One calf was dragged by its hind leg, others were left to die without water or shelter.

Budget reaction mixed

Steven Joyce delivers his first Budget as Finance Minister.

City businesses are happy, but a budget adviser thinks individual gains will be quickly swallowed up.

Contractor considering legal options

The earthworks that cost a South Waikato excavation company $19,000.

Excavation company pinged for breaching the RMA is considering legal options.

Taranaki

The business of beards video

Ngahina Wharehoka won the best beard trim in the Master section of the Barber Craft competition in Auckland last weekend.

There's two types of bearded men - those who can't be bothered shaving and those chasing trends.

Crash victim named

Police have identified the victim of the crash as 52-year-old Cherie Bidois from Waitara.

Police have identified 52-year-old Cherie Bidois, of Waitara, as the sole fatality in a crash in Gore on Friday.

Sport heroes needed

17022017 Sport Photo ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ.    Super rugby, pre season, Hurricanes V Crusaders at Boarder rugby club ...

There are plenty of sportspeople who make the grade but just three will make the Hall of Fame.

Man trap in home

James Misepeka will be sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court in August, after pleading guilty to charges ...

Offender told police it was a 'good day to die' after making threats to burn down the house he was holed up in.

Manawatu

Gorge gouge delays

The gorge is expected to be closed for at least another week while the damage is repaired.

A crumbling retaining wall has pushed back the reopening of the gorge another week.

More for defence, little for transport

KiwiRail was given funding in the Budget, but there was no mention of how much - if any - would go towards the Capital ...

Defence spending gets a tick, but lack of specific transport spending raises politicians' hackles.

Kids ditch the fizzy

Ruth Barraclough, 9, with her bottle.

Kids used to guzzle 1.5-litre bottles of Coke at school. Now, it's water or milk only.

Budget 2017 'disappointing'

Ross Intermediate principal Wayne Jenkins says Budget 2017 was "disappointing" for schools struggling to plug funding gaps.

There's not a lot of relief for schools or tertiary educators, Manawatu commentators say.

Nelson

Robbery 'guts' Mapua bakery boss

24052017 NEWS PHOTO BRADEN FASTIER
Mapua Village Bakery owner and baker Sean Carley gets back to business so not to ...

Mapua Village Bakery owner Sean Carley is picking up the pieces after a brazen robbery that has left him and his staff shaken.

Player passes away

Waitohi prop Bevan Moody during his final game of club rugby, against  Nelson at Neale Park on Saturday.

Family and friends are mourning for Bevan Moody, who has died after collapsing in a club rugby match.

Store broken into for third time

Garry Higgins of Richmond Roast House and Cafe has been burgled three times since Easter.

The Richmond Roast House and Cafe owner says his store has been broken into three times since the Queen St upgrade.

'Shanty town' fears gallery video

A fire pit, chili bin, rubbish and car seats in the bush at Reilly st.

Old cars, campsites and piles of rubbish left behind at popular freedom camping spot.

Marlborough

Steroids: Not for milk-livered men

Blenheim man Jacob Martin was caught with 20 Nolvadex capsules in his sports bag earlier this month, which landed him in ...

Bodybuilders scared of developing breasts turn to prescription drugs to beat the side-effects. For some, that includes lactating.

Bevan Moody dies

Waitohi prop Bevan Moody during his final game of club rugby, against  Nelson at Neale Park on Saturday.

Family and friends are mourning for Bevan Moody, who has died after collapsing in a club rugby match.

Grape marc's 'complete solution'

Leachate runoff and ponding from grape marc dump sites in Marlborough. (File photo)

This could be a turning point in how the wine industry deals with its waste.

Act of kindness

Carol Reardon with t-shirt her family sent for her birthday.

An off the cuff quirky comment and simple act of kindness has raised more than $20,000.

South Canterbury

Trust lost after salmon released video

High Country Salmon assistant farm manager Josh Wyber was devastated to find 6000 salmon had been illegally released ...

Salmon farm ramps up security measures following illegal release of 6000 fish.

Jubilee report released

Jared Reese Husband, 47, of Timaru, was one of three men killed when FV Jubilee sank on October 18, 2015.

Running hose may have led to the deaths of three fishermen, report says.

'Manipulative' woman to blame

The man accused of the manslaughter of Ashburton man Arran Gairns was 'manipulated' by female associate, defence counsel ...

Manslaughter accused was 'manipulated' by mastermind, defence counsel says.

New police making difference

Damage done by two vehicles on Wednesday afternoon at Timaru's Scenic Reserve.

The addition of six new police officers to  the Timaru ranks has had an immediate effect.

Southland

Deep south trees go viral

A Catlins macrocarpa stock shelter belt is going viral thanks to US lifestyle website Brightside.me.

A Catlins macrocarpa stock shelter belt is going viral thanks to US lifestyle website Brightside.me. 

Live: The Budget

Labour leader Andrew Little uses a dollar coin to illustrate his point.

Labour leader Andrew Little dismisses Finance Minister Steven Joyce's Budget.

Two chemical spills in Invercargill

Fire crew in full protective gear cleaning up a chemical spill, of polyaluminium chloride, which fell of the back of a ...

Fire crew in full protective gear cleaned up a chemical spill following an earlier spill on the same stretch of road.

SBHS topple rivals

Southland Boys' High halfback Tim Price passes the ball during the interschool game against Otago Boys' High School in ...

Southland Boys' High School works hard in a thrilling win over Otago Boys' High School.

Ad Feedback