Winter athlete arrested

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A high-profile Queenstown winter sportsman arrested for unlawfully taking and interfering with a vehicle could also face a drink-driving charge. 

The athlete, who has interim name suppression, allegedly got into a 1991 Subaru Legacy parked on Frankton Road at 3.30am last Saturday and drove it for about 30 metres before stopping, local constable Sean Drader says. “He was seen driving [a vehicle] a short distance. 

“He parked it, got out and then he was seen sitting in a different car on the corner of Adelaide Street and Frankton Rd.” 

Drader says the same witness saw the man get into both vehicles – the latter being a 1999 Subaru Legacy. 

It’s unclear whether he drove the second Subaru, Drader adds. 

“Turns out he was drunk when police dealt with him … there could be more charges there once the results of the breath [test] comes back.” 

No other details were available. 

The man is due to appear in Queenstown District Court on May 31.