A disqualified driver trying to flee from police during a traffic operation has hit an officer with his vehicle.
Police kicked off their road safety campaign in the lead up to Christmas in Wellington on Friday night, when one driver tried to break through the police checkpoint.
The officer involved in the incident wasn't hurt, and the driver was later arrested at his home, says national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally.
"He was one of two drivers who decided to flee from the police during the operation," he said.
The alcohol-focused harm prevention operation saw police pull over around 3000 vehicles in just over three hours, with nine people over the limit of 250mcg per litre of breath.