A man has been arrested after shift workers driving home were allegedly confronted late at night on State Highway 2 between Takapau and Dannevirke.

On Monday, police told Hawke's Bay Today that a 35-year-old man will be appearing in Hastings District Court this week charged with dangerous driving, wilful damage and threatening behaviour.

"We have not received any other reports and inquiries are ongoing," she said.

The arrest follows shift workers reporting incidents involving a vehicle apparently trying to force Silver Fern Farms freezing workers to stop driving, late at night on SH2.


Workers had told police that a vehicle had attempted to stop them on SH2 between Takapau and Dannevirke, by "high beaming" its lights.

Last week a worker's wife, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Hawke's Bay Today her husband had stopped at Takapau, and had his vehicle windscreen smashed by one of three men in a vehicle.

Her husband was consequently reluctant to drive at night, or work night shifts. A workmate of her husband reported similar behaviour by another vehicle but he had evaded it.