The adult seated beside a drunk teenager when the teenager crashed a car in Alexandra has been charged by police.

Sergeant Derek Ealson said the 40-year-old male had been charged with two counts of reckless driving causing injury, plus supplying alcohol to a minor.

Ealson said the reckless driving charge could be laid if a person drove a vehicle, or caused a vehicle to be driven.

The 15-year-old had been driving a van with four people in it when it rolled on Little Valley Rd just after 7pm on Otober 21.

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Central Otago sub-area supervisor Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said the driver of the vehicle was drunk, as well as the driver's parent and the others.

The 15-year-old was referred to Youth Aid and has appeared in Youth Court once. He will reappear in the Youth Court on November 24.

The 40-year-old male will appear before the registrar in the Alexandra District Court on November 8.