Thieves hit trampers


Queenstown police are warning trampers not to leave expensive belongings in cars while heading away on local tracks for a few days.

A couple were allegedly seen breaking into a vehicle at the Routeburn carpark beyond Glenorchy last Sunday morning.

Local constable Sean Drader says police would like to talk to anyone who may have had their vehicles tampered with and not reported it.

“We get these little spates and it’ll be one or two people who’ll be doing it,” he says.

“They pick on people going away for long periods and leaving their cars unattended somewhere that’s out of the way.”

Teen trouble
Two 17-year-old Queenstown lads were charged with disorderly be­haviour after police were called to an Arrowtown party last Friday night.

After reports of excessive noise and bottles being smashed on the street, police turned up to find a houseful of teens drinking without any adults present.

The party was broken up and as people dispersed a scuffle occurred on Devon Street where a teen claims to have been assaulted, Drader says.

Police were able to quickly nab the accused culprits.

Kicking off
A 62-year-old Australian man was charged with assaulting a SkyCity Casino worker at 11pm last Wednesday.

The man took exception to being refused another drink and kicked the casino employee in the leg, Drader says.

Couple carnage
A 25-year-old Queenstown woman was arrested for a domestic-related assault in the early hours of last Saturday.

She’d allegedly pushed, slapped, kicked and punched her male partner, Drader says.

Busted boozing
Police have busted seven drink-drivers in the resort during the past week, including a 19-year-old who blew 685 micrograms and told police he was sober.

The local man was stopped on Church St and breath-tested, Drader says.

A 19-year-old Queenstown woman was done after police tested her when she came in to town to pick up her friend who’d just been processed for drink-driving last Saturday.

Her 20-year-old Christchurch friend had been stopped on Williams St.

Taxi boss in court
Dethroned cab king Alfie Bremer faces court on Monday on a charge of driving a transport service vehicle with excess blood alcohol.

As earlier reported, the former Alpine Taxis managing director failed a breath test at a
pre-Christmas checkpoint.

He was working at the time and had two customers aboard. Enduring an agonising Christmas-New Year as police awaited blood test results to determine whether to lay charges, Bremer, 53, nevertheless cut all
ties to Alpine Taxis, saying he’d “shagged his life” by having “a couple of Jim Beam [bourbon] and Cokes”.