Wino abuses Queenstown nurses

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A belligerent UK tourist was spoken to by police after refusing to stop drinking wine while receiving medical treatment for a suspected broken ankle. 

Staff at Lakes District Hospital in Frankton called police on Monday evening after the 26-year-old became abusive. 

“He was drinking from a cask of wine he had with him, grossly intoxicated and became abusive,” senior constable Chris Blackford says. 

“But the police presence seems to have been enough to get him to calm down.” 

The man had been picked up by St John ambulance at 7pm after injuring his ankle. 

Tourist driver’s instant ban 

A 23-year-old Chinese tourist was banned from driving after flouting road laws on Gibbston Highway. 

The tourist, in a rental car, was spotted crossing the centre double-yellow lines and then staying on the wrong side of the road on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm, Blackford says. 

“Officers attempted to stop this vehicle using light and sirens but the driver appeared to become confused,” It was eventually stopped.” 

The driver was issued with several infringement notices, banned from driving in New Zealand and the rental car was returned to the agency. 

Assault witnesses, please 

Queenstown police are appealing for witnesses after a Queenstown man was assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The 34-year-old suffered a black eye, bruising and swelling to his face, and was taken to Lakes District Hospital for treatment. CCTV images appear to show three people involved in the assault, outside Stratton House, Beach Street, at 1.05am. 

“Beach Street will have been very busy at that time on Sunday,” Blackford says. “If anyone can identify those involved we’d be very appreciative.” 

Break-in at local shop 

Police are investigating a burglary at a Gorge Road shop. 

Cash and confectionery were stolen after a rock was used to smash a side window at Zest Lunch Bar sometime on Monday night, Blackford says. 

“A small quantity of cash was taken along with chocolate bars and ice creams. The police scenes-of-crime officer has obtained evidence from the scene and police will be following strong lines of enquiry.”