A man who pointed what was believed to be a firearm at people in the Octagon later led police on a pursuit - but was foiled by roadworks.
Acting Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond said police were called at 9pm last night when members of the public in Dunedin's Octagon saw a 25-year-old man pointing what looked like a firearm at people.
The vehicle was found by a police dog squad in George St, but it failed to stop and a low speed pursuit initiated.
"The vehicle turned onto Bath St which is currently closed for roadworks and had nowhere else to go."
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The driver was arrested and recorded an excess breath alcohol level of 600mcg.
He will appear in court this morning on three charges: drink driving, failing to stop, and presenting a firearm-like object.