Wanted: Have you seen this man?


Police want to trace this individual (pictured) after he failed to appear at Queenstown District Court on Monday on charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop.

There’s a warrant to arrest out for the alleged offender, Jamin David Buchan, 24, a plasterer who had been living at an address in Kelvin Heights.

“He has a distinctive facial scar and if anyone can tell us where he is please telephone us on 441 1600,” senior constable Sean Drader says.

Victim faces charges too

A local bartender bashed by two Scandinavian tourists in a vicious street brawl has been charged for his part in the incident. 

The victim’s attackers could be heading to jail – they pleaded guilty this week in Queenstown District Court to attacking him outside Base backpackers at 4.20am on Monday. 

Judge Kevin Phillips has told the pair they could be “looking squarely at prison” when they are sentenced later this month – unless their families can send “a substantial amount of money their way”. 

Senior constable Sean Drader says the 21-year-old victim has now been charged with disorderly behaviour. 

“It is alleged that he was very drunk and abusive at the time of the incident and was later invited to make a statement with regards to his own behaviour,” Drader comments. 

Handbags at dawn

A distraught South African man who threatened to throw himself in front of a bus following a tiff with his male partner has been charged with breach of the peace. 

It’s believed the 25-year-old alleged offender lost the plot after trading punches with his companion at an address in Gorge Road at 2am on Friday. 

“Someone called police to say the man was very upset and threatening to end it all by chucking himself under a bus,” Drader says. 

“He was arrested and his partner moved to a different accommodation provider as they appeared to be having some relationship issues.” 

Prescription for trouble

A doctor, 45, from Taupo has been rapped for letting his 13-year-old son get behind the wheel of a campervan on the Glenorchy Road. 

The medic was ticketed on the morning of March 30 for allowing an unlicensed person to drive a vehicle. 

“A Glenorchy local saw a little lad driving along the road in a campervan and complained to police,” Drader says.
“The boy’s dad was in the passenger seat and said he was giving him a lesson.”

Motorbike madness

A local motorbike rider, 36, was nabbed driving his Harley Davidson while disqualified on the Arrowtown – Lake Hayes Road at 4.30am last Saturday. 

“He had allegedly put the number plates from his scooter on the bike and he was charged with driving while disqualified,” Drader comments. 

“It’s possible that other charges will also be laid.” 

The driver’s pillion passenger ran off when his mate was stopped by cops but he later returned to the scene and was arrested for possessing cannabis.

Car vandals on the prowl

Cops are on the lookout for a hooded man who was seen spray-painting vehicles in the Rec Ground carpark just before 6am last Sunday. 

“Three cars were vandalised with paint before the man vanished,” Drader says. 

“He is described as wearing black pants and a black hoodie.” 

Police also want to hear from anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously near a car in Fernhill Road on the same morning. 

“Someone let the handbrake off a car and it rolled into another vehicle,” Drader says. 

The incident is believed to have happened between 2am and 6.30am. 

Bar theft season

Police are warning people to keep an eye on their belongings when they are out for a night on the town. 

A female tourist, 28, from the United States had her jacket nicked from the Buffalo Club in the early hours of last Sunday. 

“The lady’s passport and some cash were taken,” Drader says. 

“We are getting to the time of year when coats and bags get swiped from clubs and bars so people should be on their guard.”