A heavily intoxicated, unlicensed 15-year-old boy was allegedly driving a people mover in Alexandra in Central Otago, when it rolled yesterday, spreading debris across the road and leaving the vehicle on its side.
Crashed people mover in Alexandra.
Police were in disbelief there were three others in the car, all intoxicated, and one of them was the boy's parent, when they were called to the single-vehicle crash on Little Valley Rd.
Alexandra Police Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk described the incident as a disaster waiting to happen.
"We put a lot of work into educating people about driving safely and not drinking and driving and have a highly visible presence on our local roads this weekend, but people are still choosing to put themselves and others at risk."
The boy was said to have had trouble standing, say police.
He was arrested for refusing to accompany police for a breath test, which later returned in excess of the adult legal limit of 400 mg/l.
"It's sheer luck that they didn't end up killing themselves or other road users," Kerrisk says.
Luckily no one was injured.
The 15-year-old has been referred to Youth Aid.