Boyracer trouble after charity cruise

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 19/08/2012

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Boyracers congregating in Christchurch for a charity cruise have caused traffic gridlock around the city and sparked more than 60 complaints to police.

Sergeant Kelly Larsen, of Papanui police, said calls from the public complaining about dangerous and disorderly behaviour from up to 100 boyracers keep police busy from about 3pm yesterday to 3am.

‘‘Between 70 and 100 vehicles were congregating and travelling in convoy around the city causing huge disruption to other road users. We were concerned for the safety of members of the public, including the drivers themselves,’’ she said.

Police spent the night targeting the drivers, stopping vehicles checking for road worthiness, registrations, licence condition breaches and conducting breath tests.

‘‘Issues included speeding, cars doing burnouts and driving and riding on vehicles in an unsafe manner. People were hanging out windows of cars and even skateboarding alongside the cars.’’

‘‘It’s obviously ties up a huge amount of police resources. We don’t condone that sort of behaviour on the roads.’’

Event spokesman Jordan Mason today apologised for the behaviour of those who caused trouble later in the evening.

The afternoon charity cruise, which raised about $450 for the Christ Church Cathedral restoration, was without incident, he said.

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