Bogan brigade arrives


A “bogan” from Dunedin has been arrested for fighting his mates and punching a woman in the breasts outside Queenstown’s New World supermarket. 

The 18-year-old was part of a group of six, including the victim, who’d travelled to the resort in a non-roadworthy Ford Fairmont car last Wednesday. 

By early afternoon, police had fielded several complaints about their behaviour. Police had spoken to them twice about their vehicle before eventually catching up with them a third time, outside New World at 7.20pm. 

The Dunedin teen began fighting two of his travel buddies, both 19, from Invercargill. 

“The three of them were fighting over cigarettes,” senior constable Sean Drader says. 

“They were abusing people, they were abusing police when the police arrived. While the defendant was attempting to trade blows with the other male, the defendant struck the victim in the chest. 

“The defendant was very intoxicated. I think you could call him a bogan.” 

One 19-year-old was also arrested for fighting in public and the other 19-year-old faces the same charge, plus one of disorderly behaviour. 

Drink-driving blitz 

Middle-aged revellers were nabbed driving drunk from last Saturday’s Doobie Brothers and Little River Band concert in Gibbston. 

Police nabbed several concert-goers afterwards, including a 56-year-old United States man, who blew a reading of 603 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, a 43-year-old man from Kaitangata who blew 878 – more than twice the legal limit – and a 53-year-old man from Gore who elected a blood test. 

On the nose 

Two men were arrested and charged with assault after separate incidents in which they punched strangers. 

Last Sunday at 2.45am, a 19-year-old Mexican man in Queenstown on a work visa allegedly punched a 26-year-old South African man on Cow Lane in front of police. 

“Once he saw the police he ran away but was apprehended a short distance later,” Drader says. 

“He stated that he was reacting to abuse from the victim.” 

In the other incident, last Saturday at 1.30m, a 28-year-old Auckland man allegedly punched another man outside World Bar. 

Both men tried to enter the bar from the wrong entrance and were told to stop by the door staff. 

“The victim made a comment to the defendant about them both being denied entry and the defendant punched him on the nose.” 

Angry feet 

A 25-year-old man was warned after going mad with his feet last weekend. 

“He walked past Slice pizza bar and kicked over all the outside tables and chairs. The arresting officer says he was being an egg,” Drader says. 

More break-ins 

Police are investigating several break-ins and unlawful entries into cars in Fernhill. 

Five cars at three addresses were entered overnight between February 7-8. A small amount of cash and a fuel card 
were stolen.