Dust-up in Queenstown dairy


A local man who allegedly head-butted another during an argument ended up hospitalised when king-hit in retaliation. 

The Queenstown man, 29, was in the Night n’ Day store on Shotover Street at 1am last Sunday when he became involved in a verbal altercation with a 28-year-old Wellington man. 

Two others unknown to the Queenstown man were also involved. 

“Both parties were heavily intoxicated. The local man intervened by head-butting the Wellingtonian,” sergeant Blair Duffy says. 

“The Wellingtonian responded by dropping the local male with a right hook before kicking him in the face whilst he lay on the ground unconscious.” 

Caught on the shop’s CCTV camera, the Wellington man immediately left the premises. During the commotion, one of the Wellington man’s mates is seen to grab a bag of potato chips that had fallen on to the floor before hightailing it without paying for his snack. 

“It might be a bag of chips but it’s still an offence so we’ll be chasing up on that,” Duffy says. 

The local man was hospitalised overnight and treated for abrasions and swelling to his face before being escorted to the police station the following day. 

Both men have been charged with assault with intent to injure and are due to appear in court. 

“The lesson learned here is always get the police to intervene and don’t take such matters into your own hands,” Duffy adds. 

“If police had been called earlier, we would not have two individuals going to court on serious charges.” 

Motorists pulled up 

A 42-year-old local woman was stopped randomly on Stanley St at 1am Friday and produced a reading of 722 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. Her licence has been suspended for 28 days before she’ll appear in court. 

An Arrowtown man was also nabbed for drink-driving on Arrowtown’s Cardigan St last Saturday at 2.20am. The man, in his thirties, allegedly blew a reading of 847mcg but has elected a blood analysis. 

A 16-year-old local boy was arrested for driving while disqualified on Centennial Avenue in Arrowtown last Friday night. He will be dealt with by Youth Aid. 

Green-eyed rage 

A jealous Australian who saw his girlfriend talking to another man has been arrested for domestic assault. 

The man and his girlfriend were at the Boiler Room at 3am last Saturday, Duffy says. 

“He became incensed after seeing his girlfriend speaking to another male in the bar so he tried to pick a fight with the male. That hasn’t eventuated so he took it out on his girlfriend and threw her on the ground. 

“Police CCTV cameras have come in to play and we have got footage of this incident.” 

Buffalo argy-bargy 

A 30-year-old Scottish national and a 19-year-old Kiwi were arrested last Saturday after some argy-bargy outside the Buffalo Club. 

Both men were refused entry to the bar just after midnight and they became abusive and aggressive, Duffy says. 

“They also pushed an unknown male and as a result they were arrested for disorderly behaviour.” 

Bail breach pickle 

A 60-year-old man living in Arrowtown was arrested for breaching his assault charge bail conditions last Saturday. 

The man was ordered not to consume alcohol after his last court appearance. 

“He was observed walking from the New Orleans Hotel by police, Duffy says. 

“He was breath-tested and was found to have been consuming alcohol. He was also found to have in his possession some cannabis, so he’ll face that charge as well.” 

Peeing in public 

Three Frenchmen received a pre-charge warning after getting caught urinating in the alleyway between Athol St and Camp St at 11.30pm last Saturday. 

An hour later, a 20-year-old local man was arrested for the same offence – this time in Cow Lane. He also received a pre-charge warning.