Drunk duo can’t recall who was driving

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Two Christchurch men have been charged with a raft of motoring offences after getting a car stuck in a swamp near Gorge Road at 5am last Saturday. 

“The vehicle apparently swerved right across the road before crashing over a bank and landing in a marshy area where it got trapped,” intelligence support officer Haley MacKenzie says. 

“The men were allegedly so intoxicated that neither could even remember who was driving. 

“In the end, both individuals were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, careless driving and a number of other offences related to the incident.” 

Two hours earlier, a 25-year-old Arrowtown man was rushed to hospital with head injuries after crashing his Suzuki Vitara into a concrete wall at the entrance to the retail park at Gorge Rd. 

“An officer who arrived at the scene said the man had a very narrow escape and was fortunate to be alive,” MacKenzie comments. 

Up we go

Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue’s Aaron Halstead (left) attends to a boozy Italian man who fell 15 metres in steep bush near Fernhill in the early hours of last Sunday. 

It’s believed the man took the tumble while trying to cross One Mile Creek on his way home from a party. He was taken to Southland Hospital in Invercargill suffering from back, wrist and facial injuries. 

“As the terrain was rough and difficult for a stretcher carry, we chose to raise the injured person back up the cliff,” QACR member Chris Prudden says. 

“He’s lucky to have survived a fall like this as the ground was littered with big rocks.”

Car trio busted

Three Invercargill men aged between 18-27 face a variety of charges after crashing a nicked car in Queenstown. 

“The vehicle was allegedly stolen in Ashburton on May 4 and two of the men were collared in the resort at about 4pm the next day when the car was involved in an incident in Shotover St,” MacKenzie says. 

“A third man fled the scene and was arrested in Frankton the following day.” 

The three are suspected of committing a number of offences throughout the South Island and face a slew of charges, including thefts from motor vehicles, burglary, resisting arrest and various driving offences. 

MacKenzie adds: “We had been earlier informed that these individuals might be passing through Queenstown and police had been on the lookout for them. It was a good result.” 

Vandals in hoodies

Police are on the lookout for two men wearing hoodies seen vandalising letterboxes and bus signs at Sunshine Bay last weekend. 

The pair ran off when disturbed by a resident in Arawata Terrace at 1.30am last Saturday. 

Meanwhile the night before, cops arrested an unemployed British man, 27, for unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle, threatening police and theft, following a bizarre drunken incident. 

Cops had been called to an address in Fernhill after the male occupant woke to find two men trying to take his car. 

One suspect was arrested but while in the police vehicle he also allegedly stole a packet of batteries from the console that were later found hidden in his socks. He also allegedly threatened officers with violence. 

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