Drunk steals vehicle then alerts the cops

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A drunk man who allegedly nicked another customer’s car from a Queenstown petrol station called cops the next day to report a suspicious vehicle in his driveway. 

The Arrowtown-based offender, 30, who works as a driver, is said to have hijacked the car and sped off as a female patron paid for her fuel at Frankton’s BP outlet at 9.45am last Sunday. 

“Apparently he was at the garage to use the ATM machine when he saw the keys were still in the ignition,” senior constable Sean Drader says. 

“However, he didn’t remember anything about what had gone on and later phoned us to complain about a strange vehicle parked outside his house. 

“It turned out to be the car he’d allegedly swiped from the forecourt.” 

It’s thought the man had been on a booze bender following an engagement party. 

He was charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and driving while incapable.

Pensioner bashed by hoon

Police are hot on the trail of a brute alleged to have attacked an elderly campervanner near the Kingston Tavern in the early hours of last Friday. 

It’s believed the 67-year-old victim from Alexandra suffered a severe bashing after he’d gone to speak to some hoons who’d woken him up. 

“The victim says he was asleep in the campervan when he was disturbed by some guys doing burnouts nearby in a Toyota Surf,” Drader says. 

“He asked them to stop and they drove away but when he went to alert neighbours in another van he saw two people walking back towards him. 

“It’s alleged it was the same men he’d spoken to earlier and one of them punched him to the ground and continued with the attack. 

“The other man apparently asked his acquaintance to stop and he also tried to apologise to the victim.” 

Drader adds: “The driver of the car has been spoken to by police and it’s believed the main suspect is from Christchurch where further enquiries are being made.”

Drunken violence downtown

A 26-year-old local publican has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a waitress at a taxi rank in Shotover Street at 5am last Sunday. 

“It’s alleged the female victim was pushed over and she bashed her head on the ground,” Drader comments. 

A few hours earlier, a Polish painter and decorator from Wellington, 29, was arrested for disorderly behaviour after arguing with staff at Altitude bar. 

“He was also asked to leave by police but allegedly carried on with his bad behaviour,” Drader says. 

And at 12.20am the same morning, a 19-year-old male tourist was collared for assault after he allegedly headbutted another man outside Fergburger. 

Pipe up

Cops are looking into the theft of nine aluminium irrigation pipes from near the Crown Range Road turn-off. 

It’s believed the pipes went missing last Thursday morning and police want to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area. 

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old Fernhill man has had his licence suspended after being caught drink-driving in Man St at 4am last Thursday.