Boozy brawling


Cops busy as alcohol-fuelled violence takes toll.

Boots, fists and even foreheads were flying in Queenstown as police mopped up another sorry series of mostly drink-sodden incidents …

Nutter strikes

A local female was on the receiving end of a painful “Glasgow kiss” headbutt from another woman at the appropriately-named bar The Thirsty Ram on Shotover Street last Sunday night.

The 20-year-old alleged offender from Te Anau was charged with assault.

“Headbutting is an extremely nasty piece of violence at any time,” says senior sergeant John Fookes. “It’s unusual to find a female indulging in this sort of behaviour, which is worrying.”

Victim turns offender

Cops also nabbed two Queenstown men after an altercation outside Fergburger on Shotover St at 2.30am last week.

A 28-year-old was charged with assault with intent to injure after allegedly kicking a 23-year-old in the head. But the victim was in turn later collared for disorderly behaviour.

“He apparently became a handful when police were trying to deal with the matter and was arrested himself,” comments Fookes.

In a separate assault on the same night, a male tourist, 20, was also arrested in town for punching his female partner around the head.

Police assault

Last Friday, a 35-year-old Invercargill man was done for allegedly assaulting and resisting police in Queenstown after being suspected of drink-driving.

“He refused to give a blood sample,” says Fookes. “He might also now be facing other deferred driving charges.”
Another male visitor, 18, from Invercargill was arrested at 1am on January 11 for trying to pick several fights at Winnies bar and restaurant in The Mall – he was charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.

Driver flees scene

A 34-year-old Queenstown drink-driver was cornered by cops after a chase on January 8. He’d bolted from a checkpoint on Frankton Road and the pursuit ended in Hallenstein St.

The offender was also charged with failing to stop and dangerous driving, as well as with having outstanding fines.
A female, 28, from the same address was also charged with obstructing police.

Knees-up at Kelvin Heights

Cops were called to an address in upmarket Kelvin Heights on January 10 after neighbours complained of a party getting out of hand.

“Fortunately, those having the party agreed to shut proceedings down,” says Fookes.

Later that night, a 21-year-old Queenstowner was arrested after breaking his bail conditions.

School carpark blaze

Police are keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about a car torched in the grounds of Wakatipu High.

The blaze happened in the carpark at 4.45am on January 11.

“The vehicle was destroyed,” says Fookes. “We’d like to speak with members of a group who were seen in the carpark just before the fire started.”

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