Teenage rampage


A 16-year-old Queenstowner was arrested on four different charges, including police assault, after going berserk at an address in Fernhill last Sunday afternoon. 

“Apparently he found his ex-girlfriend with a new boyfriend,” constable Sean Drader says. “The juvenile allegedly attacked the new boyfriend and started smashing up furniture and a television. 

“He also allegedly damaged a vehicle by smashing the windscreen with a piece of firewood before driving off.”
When cops went to speak to him at his home, the teenager then became violent and spat in an officer’s face. 

He was later charged with assault, intentional damage, assaulting police and resisting arrest.
“The lad was released into his father’s custody and will be dealt with by Youth Aid,” Drader adds. 

Youngsters elope 

A 15-year-old Christchurch boy is also being dealt with by Youth Aid after using his dad’s credit card to fly himself and a 15-year-old girl to Queenstown and book into a hotel. Local police collared him last Sunday. 

Meanwhile, two Invercargill boys aged 12 and 13 were spoken to by cops after being caught smoking cannabis on a school trip to Queenstown last Friday. 

“Teachers called police to have a word with them and one of the boys said he’d nicked the drugs from his brother,” Drader comments. 

Hotel break-in 

Wallets, passports and cellphones were among items stolen during a burglary at a unit at the Heritage Hotel overnight last Thursday. 

“Someone climbed in through a ground-floor window and made off with two bags containing the property,” Drader observes. “There have been a number of break-ins at hotels recently so visitors should be extra vigilant.” 


Cops want to hear from anyone who might know something about a parked car damaged by a hit-and-run vehicle at Lake Hayes Estate in the early hours of last Saturday. 

“The driver noticed damage to the right-hand side of his car in the morning,” Drader says. “Paint marks would indicate that the offending vehicle was possibly red and also could have suffered some damage to its front right-hand lights. 

“The victim’s car is a grey Mazda 323 and maybe a panelbeater or a neighbour might have noticed damage to a red vehicle recently.” 

Dodgy goings-on 

A 45-year-old man from Christ­church was charged with unlawfully being in an enclosed yard, giving false details and driving while disqualified after coming to the attention of police last Sunday afternoon. 

The man, along with a 53-year-old acquaintance from Nightcaps, first raised suspicions when the pair were spotted near a barn at Gibbston Valley by officers in a patrol car. 

“One of the men scarpered and was later picked up by police at Cromwell after he’d hitched a lift there,” Drader says. “Items like bolt cutters and an empty petrol container were found in the car and the vehicle was subsequently impounded.”