Cops nab cannabis kids

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A youngster has unwittingly led police to five people with cannabis. 

Officers were called to Betty’s Liquor, Rees Street, Queenstown, at 10.40pm last Thursday after one youth had distracted a shopkeeper while his friend ran in and grabbed two bottles of bourbon. 

The 17-year-old Dunedin youth who distracted the shopkeeper was dropped off by officers at a holiday park. He will be referred to youth aid. 

Five other youngsters were arrested on drugs charges after police carried out a search at the park and discovered cannabis and utensils. 

Acting sergeant Tracy Haggart says: “They also found the thief who stole the two bottles of bourbon there.”
Well-behaved rugby fans 

Queenstown police report arresting three people after Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final. 

A 22-year-old Queenstown man faces an assault charge after allegedly spitting at door staff when they refused him entry to a town centre bar. He also sprayed water at other revellers on The Mall. He was arrested on an assault charge. 

A drink-driving American, 32, was arrested after he saw a patrol car and performed an immediate u-turn. He was stopped on Turner Street at 3.20am and breathalysed. 

And noisy celebrations led to a 24-year-old man being arrested for alleged possession of cannabis. Neighbours had complained about the noise coming from a Fernhill house. Officers who attended found drug utensils on the driveway and then a small amount of the drug after conducting a search. 

Stopped within metres 

A drink driver only managed to get a few metres before being stopped by police. 

The 22-year-old man drove out of downtown Queenstown’s Memorial Hall car park last Friday night at 1am and straight into a traffic island – in front of a passing patrol car. 

“They saw his driving, saw him strike the corner of a traffic island and stopped him,” acting sergeant Haggart says. 

The man was breath tested and found to be almost twice the legal limit. He was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. 

Run and sleep 

A weary fraudster was caught by police after stopping for a snooze while trying to escape. 

The 29-year-old local man took a taxi from Queenstown out along Frankton Road to the Shell garage at 2am last Friday. But when it came time to pay he insisted he had no money, got out and ran off down the Frankton Track. 

The taxi driver gave chase but lost sight of him. 

“With police assistance he was located, sleeping on a deck chair outside one of the properties. He was arrested for a fraud-type matter, causing loss to the taxi driver by doing a runner.” 

You snooze you lose 

Another sleepy taxi client racked up a $150 fare. 

The 31-year-old Arrowtown man jumped into the taxi in town on Saturday. He was driven from address to address, with the taxi driver having to wake him up time and again. He eventually drove to his final destination – Queenstown police station. 

Acting sergeant Haggart says: “He racked up $150 of fares but they reached a resolution and he paid a smaller amount. 

“He then sorted his own ride home.” 

Seasonal stealing 

A 21-year-old Canadian woman was arrested after allegedly stealing a handbag at Chico’s Bar, The Mall, at midnight last Friday. 

“She also had a salt shaker from another restaurant,” acting sergeant Haggart says. 

The woman was caught leaving with the bag. 

Police praise drivers 

Police are praising the driving of Otago and Southland motorists during Labour Weekend. 

Acting Southern District road policing manager senior sergeant Steve Larking says given no one was killed on lower South Island roads, it’s an extremely pleasing result. 

Five people were hurt in a two-car crash on State Highway 88 near Cromwell Monday, one of whom was taken to Dunstan Hospital.