Police have laid charges after a car was spotted doing dangerous burnouts outside Waikato Hospital before it narrowly avoided a crash with an off-duty police officer.

A police spokeswomen said they received multiple calls of concern from the public after a car was spotted doing burnouts in a Waikato Hospital driveway about 6pm yesterday.

Police allege the Mitsubishi Lancer crashed into another vehicle on hospital grounds.

An off-duty police officer narrowly avoided a crash with the car, according to the Waikato Police Facebook page.

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The police spokeswoman said the vehicle was located a short time afterwards near Garden Place and the man was arrested.

A 45-year-old Melville man has been charged with dangerous driving and sustained loss of traction.