Cromwell man sub­dued with pep­per spray

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

A CROMWELL man had to be sub­dued with pep­per spray fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent in the town on Mon­day morn­ing.

Sergeant Mike Wil­liams said po­lice were called to the man’s house af­ter he al­legedly as­saulted his wife and threat­ened to kill her.

The man was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and while a Taser gun was pre­sented at him, it wasn’t used, Mr Wil­liams said. The in­ci­dent was also se­ri­ous be­cause the man was a li­censed firearms holder and there were firearms in the house at the time of the in­ci­dent.

Mr Wil­liams said po­lice would re­view the man’s ca­pa­bil­ity of hold­ing a firearms li­cence. The man will ap­pear in the Alexan­dra District Court to­day on charges of as­sault and threat­en­ing to kill.

Youth five times over limit

Po­lice are ap­palled by the ac­tions of a 19-year-old Alexan­dra man who al­legedly blew more than five times the le­gal limit for a youth when he was stopped by po­lice in Alexan­dra last week.

The man was also driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and al­legedly stole the ve­hi­cle from some­one known to him. Mr Wil­liams said the man was al­ready fac­ing charges of driv­ing while for­bid­den and drink-driv­ing when the lat­est in­ci­dent oc­curred.

He was re­leased on bail and will ap­pear in the Alexan­dra District Court.

In­quiries con­tinue into fire

Po­lice are fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive line of in­quiry and ex­pect to catch the cul­prits of a fire in a tent that was set up for the Alexan­dra Thyme Fes­ti­val at Pi­o­neer Park on Wed­nes­day.

The fire de­stroyed the 8x4m can­vas tent and fur­ni­ture within the tent. Peo­ple were seen run­ning from the area and po­lice would like to hear from any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about the fire.

Po­lice Sergeant Mike Wil­liams, of Cromwell.

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