The arrest of a disqualified driver, whom a caller reported as driving drunk through the Lewis Pass, has been cited as a prime example of police and the community working together.
The man was apprehended last night in Reefton after a member of the public dialled *555.
Police said the caller told the traffic hotline that the car was being driven at speed and over-taking in oncoming traffic.
The detailed description enabled police to stop the driver a short while later and impound the car.
Constable Fred Aplin, of Reefton, said if it was not for the caller's quick thinking, it would only have been a matter of time before someone was killed or seriously injured.
A man has been charged with careless driving, driving while disqualified and driving with excess breath alcohol.