Man grabs throats of women and bails


Cops are looking for a 28-year-old Queenstown man who vanished after he allegedly grabbed two different women by the throat.

The incidents happened during a domestic dust-up at an address in Kelvin Heights at 11.30pm on November 17.
“Apparently he had an argument with his partner, there was a scuffle and she was screaming,” constable Sean Drader of Queenstown police says.

“While he had her by the throat, another woman came to help and he allegedly did the same to her.

“He then went off in his car and hasn’t been seen since.

“Police have contacted him by phone so he is aware we are looking for him.”

Busted at topless bar

Two men were charged with disorderly behaviour following an incident at Queenstown’s new topless bar, Rolla.

A 21-year-old from Oamaru and a 20-year-old from Dunedin became rowdy after being turned away from the door just after midnight last Sunday and one of them had to be chased down on foot by cops.

“There was a group of 18 people and one man was refused entry to the bar after the group had been drinking there for a couple of hours,” Drader says.

“Two of his friends started getting disorderly with the bouncer as well as with the sign at the front and were arrested.

“One man tried to outrun officers but only got as far as the waterfront.”

Blue light drama

Police, ambulance and the fire service scrambled to help an 18-year-old local male who took an overdose of codeine pills and slashed one of his wrists at midnight last Saturday.

“There was a lot of blood and the man was taken to hospital in Invercargill for an operation after severing a tendon in his arm,” Drader observes.

$5000 bike goes walkies

A mountain bike worth $5000 was nicked from inside the foyer at The Warehouse store at Remarkables Park on November 18.

The mustard-coloured GT Sanction was left there unpadlocked by the owner while he was at work.

“Mountain bikes are very popular targets for thieves at this time of the year,” Drader says. “People should make sure they are secure because these bikes are easy targets.”

Car-azy behaviour

A 21-year-old local student was charged with intentional damage after breaking a wing mirror on a security guard’s vehicle in Searle Lane at 3.30am last Saturday.

“The guy ran away but was caught near the top of The Mall,” Drader says.

A 25-year-old Scotsman living at an address in the resort was done for drink-driving last Sunday after results of blood tests taken after an incident in Robins Road the previous week confirmed him as being well over the limit.

Meanwhile, a car was broken into in Fernhill’s Arawata Terrace last Sunday morning and a small wooden chest containing hand-made jewellery worth $1500 stolen.

Cops want to speak to the owners of an Izuzu MU driven away with three males inside after it had rolled off the edge of the reserve at Nairn Street in Arrowtown at 4am last Saturday.