Drunk passenger ends up grounded


A disorientated Australian tourist was removed from a plane at Queenstown Airport at lunchtime last Sunday for being too drunk to fly. 

The 23-year-old man was escorted to Queenstown Police Station for detoxification before being put on a flight home the next day. 

“He would have had to buy another ticket so it turned out to be an expensive little lesson to learn for having one too many drinks before trying to board an aircraft,” sergeant Kate Pirovano says. 

Domestic violence 

Cops were called to a camping ground at Arthurs Point in the early hours of last Saturday where a man from Thailand was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. 

It’s believed the 37-year-old male was also in possession of a knife. 

At 7.30pm the night before, a 37-year-old Brazilian man living in Queenstown was arrested for allegedly assaulting his partner and damaging her car in Industrial Place.

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A 29-year-old local man was charged with misusing a phone after repeatedly calling cops to give them some abuse. 

“He wouldn’t stop calling the police communications office and allegedly kept complaining that he’d been
badly treated by police at an earlier date,” Pirovano says. 

Not fare

An undisclosed sum of money was nicked from the till of the night bus from Queenstown to outlying areas about midnight last Saturday. 

“It was a pretty lousy thing to do as the bus provides a service for people who maybe can’t afford a taxi
home,” Pirovano says. 

“I hope the person responsible hands back the cash or owns up to it,” she adds.

Losing the plot

A 19-year-old man from Arrow­town faces three charges after going berserk in the CBD at 1am last Saturday. 

He was arrested for allegedly assaulting police, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour after being thrown out of a bar for being intoxicated. 

“When officers arrived the man fell to the ground and when an ambulance arrived he started playing up, lost
the plot again and had to be res­-trained by police,” Pirovano says.

Egg-centric behaviour

A 24-year-old man living in Queenstown was done for drink-driving after cops spotted his mates chucking eggs out of a van in Shot­-over Street at 2am last Saturday. 

“The whole incident was a piece of nonsense,” Pirovano says. 

“It was if the bloke was saying ‘pick me’ to police.”

Piddler on the run

A boozed Aussie tourist, 21, was arrested for offensive behaviour after cops allegedly saw him urinating in Duke St in the wee small hours of last Saturday. 

“When police went to speak to him he ran off but he was followed by a patrol car until he got tired,” Piro­­vano says. “It was lucky he wasn’t running and urinating at the same time because that can be a bit messy – I’ve seen it happen before and it’s not pretty,” she adds.

Dicing with trouble

A male Aussie visitor, 30, ran out of luck when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a security guard at SkyCity Casino at 2.15am last Sunday. 

“The man had been taking photographs and when asked to stop he apparently punched the security guard on the nose,” Pirovano says.