25 Aug 2021

Dunedin police give warnings over lockdown rules, mask 'scene'

6:04 am on 25 August 2021

A handful of people still flouting lockdown rules have kept Dunedin police busy.

Dunedin Police Station

Dunedin police have issued warnings over lockdown rules and a refusal to wear a mask at a supermarket. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Dunedin police said on Monday a man accused of driving over a child's bike in the Botanic Gardens, running red lights and crashing into other vehicles is facing charges.

Several other people have since been warned or given infringment notices over breaches of alert level 4 rules.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested after ripping off her mask and throwing around displays in a Dunedin service station.

The woman entered BP Mornington at 11.40am on Monday and "caused a scene", police said.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said she was located outside her address and arrested.

She was released with a warning and trespassed from BP along with a female associate.

A 36-year-old woman was issued with a Covid infringement notice for repeatedly refusing to put on a mask before entering a Countdown supermarket in South Dunedin.

Officers approached her for an explanation and to offer education, but "she was repetitively defiant", Dinnissen said.

A 36-year-old man landed himself in more trouble by breaching the lockdown rules and visiting John Wilson Ocean Drive on Monday evening.

Officers went to speak to the man and noticed he was sitting on a knife, Dinnissen said.

In a search of the man and vehicle two machete knives were found, police said. The man told police he was a martial arts practitioner. He was issued a warning on knives, given a Covid education talk and sent home.

About 5.30am on Tuesday a 41-year-old man was noted sitting in his Nissan Pulsar outside the St Clair Golf Club talking to two friends - another 41-year-old man and a 40-year-old man.

"He was out catching up with his two mates because he was bored at home," Dinnissen said of the man's explanation.

The other 41-year-old told police he was being dropped at the golf course so a friend could pick him up and take him to work at an auto wreckers.

"All parties were spoken to and educated about alert level 4 restrictions," Mr Dinnissen said.

Officers also want to talk to the person who set off fireworks in the Māori Hill area on Saturday evening.

Neighbours had helped in narrowing down the origin of the fireworks.

"The persons responsible are asked to contact police to discuss the behaviour before we have to knock on their door," Mr Dinnissen said.

"The Kaikorai Valley Community Officer is awaiting their call."