Queenstown publican faces suspension of manager’s licence


Well-known Queenstown publican Clark Frew is to have his general manager’s licence suspended following a drink-driving conviction.

Three months ago, the Speight’s Ale House co-owner was fined $1200 for driving at almost three times the legal limit the morning after a bowls tournament function.

At a hearing before the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in Queenstown last Thursday, Judge John Hole advised Frew that his manager’s licence will be suspended.

According to the Otago Daily Times, Frew (right) told the authority he’d been celebrating after a bowls tournament last October.

“I had been home, I got up and was driving to work in the morning … I didn’t feel the best but didn’t realise I was intoxicated.

“I’m very remorseful, obviously, for my actions, but I suppose it is history now.”

According to The New Zealand Herald, which reported Frew’s case in the Auckland District Court in February, police were called when he swerved into the path of oncoming traffic.

Frew elected a blood test which produced a reading of 236 milligrams of alcohol per litre of blood – the legal limit is 80mg.

In addition to a $1200 fine he was disqualified from driving for eight months.