Sirens flush out lost, drunk teen


Police sirens were used to find a lost and drunk Queenstown teenager in bush near Glenorchy early on Saturday morning.

The 17-year-old wandered away from friends and called police when he realised he was lost.

Acting senior sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, says the teen stayed on his mobile phone, indicating whether the sirens were getting closer.

He was showing early signs of hypothermia and only had 1 per cent battery life left on his phone when found.

Police couldn’t say what time the incident happened or where the teen was found.

St Johns’ Christchurch comms boss Ian Henderson says ambos were notified at 2.25am on Saturday.

“We sent an ambulance and transported one patient, male, to Lakes District Hospital emergency department with moderate injuries.”

Watt says the incident was a reminder to watch out for friends.

“It’s all about looking after your mates, and especially if they’re in an intoxicated state, ensuring that you know where they are and taking care of them so that they don’t get hurt and everyone has a good night.”

‘Zero alcohol limit’

Meanwhile, a 33-year-old Queenstown man was caught allegedly drink-drinking with a zero alcohol limit licence.

The man was randomly stopped by police in Shotover Country yesterday and his breath-alcohol reading was 400mcg, police say.

Watt says the man is on a zero alcohol limit licence because of previous drink-driving charges.

The driver opted to have a blood sample taken and police are awaiting the result.

Otago Daily Times