Resort fuzz on stolen fizz case

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Cops want to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of this two metre-high promotional bottle of Lindauer.

Valued at about $1000, the giant replica went walkies from outside Brazz bar and restaurant – managed by Christel Shaw (pictured) – on downtown Athol Street during Winter Festival. 

“It’s one of those items that turns up parked in the corner of someone’s living room because they thought it was a laugh to take it, but the owners want it back,” constable Sean Drader says. 

Drunk goes berserk 

A drink-driver from Pukekohe, near Auckland, racked up four charges after assaulting a female companion as they made their way to Queens-town’s airport last Sunday morning. 

Cops were called when the 25-year-old man was spotted allegedly punching the 22-year-old Auckland victim in the face several times at the side of Frankton Road. 

“The couple had been sleeping in a rental car in town for a few days and had been out drinking the night before,” Drader comments. “The woman was driving to the airport for a flight home when the man became abusive and she pulled over. 

“A nasty assault allegedly followed and the man got behind the wheel and drove off before being stopped by police.” 

The man, a student, was charged with male assaults female, driving while disqualified, refusing to give a blood specimen and breaching conditions of intensive supervision, imposed for a previous offence. 

A warrant has also been issued for his arrest after he subsequently failed to appear in court at Queenstown in relation to the charges. 

Reward to catch light vandal 

Fed-up Queenstown hotelier Penny Clark is offering a $200 reward to anyone who helps identify a vandal or vandals who regularly knock out driveway lights into Goldridge Resort, above Frankton Road. 

Three of the nine light fittings were destroyed on June 26 and another three late Tuesday after Mardi Gras at Winter Festival. 

It’s cost $2000 to replace light fittings during the past year, Clark estimates. 

“It normally happens when there’s an event in town like Mardi Gras,” she says.

Pilot skis into trouble

A 25-year-old pilot from northern Australia was grounded by NZSki after being caught using a ski pass belonging to a female friend. 

He was collared at Coronet Peak at 2.35pm last Monday and was trespassed from the ski area as well as having to pay for two days on the slopes, after admitting using the pass on a previous occasion as well.