Witness gets thumped


Good samaritan clobbered in bar by coat thief

The thefts of jackets from resort bars this winter took a new twist when an Invercargill man who saw a coat being nicked from Subculture ended up being bashed.

He’d spotted someone making off with a jacket belonging to an Australian tourist at 2am last Satur­­­day but was punched in the face by an associate of the offender when the thief was confronted.

“It all turned very nasty,” constable Sean Drader of Queenstown police says. “There have been a lot of these types of thefts from pubs and clubs recently but now it has escalated into violence which is a concern.”

A 20-year-old unemployed man from Dunedin was charged with theft and another Dunedin male, also 20 and who works at a large building site at Kelvin Heights, was arrested for assault.

It was me

A man accused of attacking a barmaid with a glass at Bar Up on July 16 has handed himself into police after his picture appeared in Mountain Scene last week.

The 25-year-old – a carpenter from Australia working in Queenstown – has been charged with common assault.
“He wasn’t too pleased with the publicity he received in the newspaper and decided to come forward before he was potted,” Drader says.

Serious accident

A 27-year-old Queenstown man was helicoptered to hospital in Dunedin with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Frankton’s Lake Avenue at 9pm last Saturday.

“He went over the bonnet and into the windscreen and suffered two broken legs and damaged his head and his face,” Drader says.

“He is still in hospital but his condition has stabilised.”

The 20-year-old woman driver, from Cromwell, was left shaken and cops are still investigating.

Making a bad splash

A 20-year-old woman is in hot water after her car crashed through a fence and ended up in a garden swimming pool in Arrowtown at 3am last Monday.

The woman, from Arrowtown, could face charges of drink-driving, driving while forbidden, unlawfully taking a car and dangerous driving.

The incident happened at the corner of Bedford and Berkshire Sts while the vehicle was travelling at 80kmh.
“The driver flipped the car at a traffic island and it became airborne before landing in the pool,” Drader says. “She was located sitting nearby.”

Out of order

A 21-year-old Australian woman was charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest after getting into an argument with bouncers outside the World Bar at 3am last Sunday.

“The female lunged at doormen right in front of police officers after she and her boyfriend were refused entry because they were intoxicated,” Drader explains. “She was screaming and hyperventilating when police tried to subdue her.”

And a 28-year-old local man was charged with disorderly behaviour, breach of bail and resisting police at 3.10am in Frankton Road last Sunday.

“He was abusing people and his behaviour became even more ugly when police arrived,” Drader comments.