Off-duty cop chases car after ‘hit and run’


An off-duty Australian cop nabbed an alleged hit-and-run driver near Arrowtown yesterday.

The incident happened about 3.30pm on Malaghans Road, when a silver Volvo allegedly hit a man riding a motorised bike with a 3-year-old boy on the back.

Sergeant Blair Duffy, of Queenstown, says an off-duty Queensland police officer witnessed the incident.

When the car’s driver failed to stop the visiting policeman gave chase, ultimately finding the car and calling Queenstown police.

The man and child, believed to be local residents, only had minor injuries and were treated at the scene by St John Ambulance.

Duffy says the bike will probably need replacing.

Speaking to the Otago Daily Times at the scene, he says the car’s driver was thought to be from the United States.

Police investigations are continuing.

“We’ve got the driver of the vehicle involved and taken him back to the station for questioning. We are examining that motor vehicle to establish the cause of the crash.”

The relationship between the child and the man was unknown.

However, the boy’s father arrived at the scene soon after emergency services. He declined to comment.

Otago Daily Times