Police praise driver after three-car smash

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The quick reactions of a bungy worker prevented serious injuries in a three-car smash near Arrowtown on Tuesday. 

Police, fire fighters and two ambulances were called to Arrow Junction, on State Highway 6 near Queenstown, at 4pm on Tuesday. 

A people carrier, driven by a Chinese man in his 30s and carrying four passengers, had pulled out in front of the AJ Hackett Bungy ute travelling towards Cromwell. 

The ute collided with the people carrier and then smashed into a rental car waiting at the junction. No one was seriously injured, although a young boy in the people carrier was taken to hospital for a check-up. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “The van was part of a convoy. 

“The first two vehicles turned right at Arrow Junction and the van has followed, failing to give way to the bungy 
jump utility. 

“It was only quick reactions of the AJ Hackett driver that stopped it from being a very serious incident. 

“The young boy appeared to be okay – I think he was just distressed more than anything else.” 

The two Australian tourists in the rental car, which was waiting on McDonnell Road, were able to recount what had happened to officers. 

The Chinese driver is waiting to find whether he will be dealt with by an infringement notice for failing to give way or be charged with careless driving. 

Police are also warning motorists they will be monitoring McDonnell Road in Arrowtown after a series of complaints about speeding. 

Handbag plundered 

Police were called to a Shotover Street bar after security staff detained a German tourist they believed had plundered a handbag. 

The 20-year-old woman had allegedly taken the bag to the toilets, stolen the cash and bank cards and then dumped it. The woman was arrested by officers at 2am on Wednesday and will appear in Queenstown District 
Court on Monday on theft charges. 

Alleged drunk and disorderly 

A 26-year-old Englishman was arrested after allegedly entering the bedrooms of two women at a property on Sawmill Road in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The man, who had been drinking, claimed to be visiting a friend at an address on the road. 

Blackford says: “The two women were concerned enough about his behaviour to call the police. 

“Officers attended and the man was arrested.” 

The man was charged with unlawfully being in a property and is due to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday. 

A gambler refused entry to a Queenstown casino was arrested for detox after he began acting bizarrely and removing his clothes. 

The 38-year-old New Zealander was barred from the SkyCity Casino on Beach Street just after midnight on Monday because door staff spotted he was too drunk. 

“He became irrational and was described as being disorientated,” Blackford says. 

The man was taken to Queenstown Police Station to sleep it off. 

An Englishman was spoken to by police after taking six bottles of beer from a crate that was being delivered to a Shotover Street bar on Tuesday evening. The 32-year-old told officers he took the bottles for a dare and was let off with a warning after paying for the beer.