Comedy show has stinging punchline

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Aussie comedian Carl Barron’s stand-up routine in Queenstown’s Memorial Hall had a nasty interruption last Friday night.

An intoxicated and allegedly violent local male aged 32 had to be pepper-sprayed by police to halt his rampage.
“He was disturbing other patrons at the show, he became aggressive and punched another patron in the head,” local police constable Daniel Andrew says.

“The punch glanced off the back of the patron’s head and struck a female bystander.” After running from the hall, the assailant was confronted by a plain clothes cop. “He pushed the officer, ran off and then he was chased and subdued with pepper spray.”

A man has been charged with assault, male assaults female, disorderly behaviour and assault on a police officer and is due to appear in Queenstown District Court next Monday.

Bully boys

Last Sunday, a 42-year-old local man was arrested for an alleged assault on a two-year-old child on Gorge Road that allegedly happened the previous Friday. “A witness laid a complaint,” Andrew says.

Cops have been kept busy with a string of other alleged tussles and disorderly behaviour incidents.

Last Saturday, a local man became “abusive and uncooperative” when denied entry to SkyCity Casino at 11.50pm. “When police arrived he remained abusive and uncooperative so he was arrested for disorderly behaviour,” Andrew says.

Early next morning, a 30-year-old local man was collared for injuring with intent to injure. “The victim was king-hit and suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone on Camp Street near the taxi rank. The victim asked him how his night was and then he just hit him.”

A 28-year-old local man was also nabbed on Monday at 9.20pm after threatening to kill a male workmate.

They’re no ladies

A 29-year-old Aussie woman was taken into police cells for detox after drinking too much last Saturday night. “She’d been sick all over herself and wet her pants – charming,” Andrew says. Found unconscious by locals in the foyer of Air New Zealand’s Church St office at 9.30pm, she was brought in by cops to “sleep it off”.

At 3.30am the next morning, police busted a 26-year-old Chilean woman for alleged trespass at a local bar and resisting arrest. “She ended up chundering on herself in the cells.”

Lock those doors

Police are reminding people to lock their cars after two thefts from vehicles parked in Frankton’s Boyes Crescent last Friday. A pink iPod nano was pinched from one car and a Nikkon D60 camera, lenses and skateboard from another.

“People need to lock their cars if they’re going to leave gear in it. Everyone gets a bit lax, I suppose, but they just need to be mindful,” Andrew says.

Cops also want to hear from the public about a burglary at a Yewlett Crescent property last Sunday. Some $600 in cash was taken from a wallet left in the living area. “There was no sign of forced entry,” Andrew says.
Paragliding purge

A 29-year-old local man was collared last Thursday for receiving stolen property after police executed a search warrant at a Hamilton Road address. Cops uncovered four allegedly stolen paragliding packs.