A Canadian working holiday-maker was arrested at Queenstown Airport on Tuesday as he attempted to skip the country to avoid a drink-driving charge.
Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the 23-year-old quit his job in the resort and booked flights for Los Angeles, via Auckland and Fiji, after he was charged with drink-driving following a crash in the resort on Saturday.
The man was driving up Goldfield Heights about 2.15am when he hit a parked car on the left-hand side of the road, then careered across the road and hit another parked car.
All three vehicles were damaged.
He recorded a breath-alcohol level of 675mcg, and was due to appear in the Queenstown District Court next Monday.
But a border alert enabled him to be arrested when he attempted to check in at the airport on Tuesday.
He is due to appear in the Alexandra District Court today.