Watch your driving


Cyclist lucky to live, two motorbikes hit car.

Three two-wheeled road users have had extremely lucky escapes, say Queenstown police.

A cyclist had the gods on his side while travelling from Arrowtown to Queenstown for work at 8am on November 27.

The 43-year-old Arrowtown man was pedalling in the 100km zone when he was rear-ended by a car travelling in the same lane.

Constable Sean Drader says the bicycle was totalled by a 16-year-old Arrowtown driver and the cyclist was “very fortunate” not to be killed.

“The cyclist was catapulted and ended up in a roadside drain. [He had] grazing and bruising to his elbows and backside.”

Police are investigating the incident.

Two motorbikes heading for Invercargill collided with a car five kilometres south of Wye Creek at 2.26pm on November 28.

Drader says the car, whose driver is from Hawera, hit one of the motorbikes – a Triumph – head-on and crashed into the roadside embankment.

The second bike – a Ducati – came around a bend and also collided with the car.

The car driver was taken to hospital, the rider of the Triumph escaped with grazes to his elbow and the Ducati rider received grazes to one hand, his left leg and left shoulder.

Lovely bones

An English tourist saw what he thought was a human skeleton near the Skyline Gondola on November 27 at 9.35am.

Police went to investigate but Drader says it was a false alarm – “it was a goat”.

Wild goats are prevalent on the hills around Queenstown.

The tourist reported the general area of the find but didn’t hang around to show police the way.

“He went bungy jumping and didn’t come back for a very long time,” Drader says.

Boxing match in Mall

Police picked up two 18-year-old Queenstowners exchanging fisticuffs in The Mall at 2.10am on November 30.

“The men had been at a rugby function and had exchanged insults,” says Drader. “When they saw each other in The Mall again, the victim was pushed over by the other guy, who punched him in the head about 12 times.”

Both men had been drinking, he says.

Lost – and found

A Queenstown woman learnt a lesson when someone burgled her unlocked car and van overnight on November 26-27.

The thief searched the gloveboxes of both vehicles – parked outside the victim’s Isle St address – and nicked a black handbag, Nokia cellphone and chequebook.

Drader says police gave the woman “security advice” and are looking for the crook.

Cops nailed a 22-year-old Queens­town man on November 28 for stealing a jacket and a wallet from Winnies on November 17.

“He’d been using the stolen credit card, that’s how he was located,” says Drader.