More than inhibitions being lost
Revellers out on the town among the unclothed and the belligerent
Naked rugby fumble
A group of Irish men, some naked, prompted a police callout in Queenstown on Monday morning during the All Blacks versus Ireland game. Ireland led 19-0 during the first quarter and 22-7 at half-time but the All Blacks clawed back to win 24-22 to achieve the professional era’s first perfect unbeaten test season. Sergeant Mark Gill, of Queenstown, said police were called to Beetham St in Queenstown at 4am with reports of naked men running across vehicles. When police arrived it turned out to be a group of Irish lads, some of whom were naked, watching the game in high spirits. However, police were continuing to investigate the reports of people running over vehicles, he said.
Woman lost in town
Police were tied up during the early hours yesterday after a Dutch woman’s friends reported her missing. Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the woman was separated from her friends while out in town and started phoning them but was so intoxicated she was unable to give a location. Friends searched around town and called police about 4.45am, then officers and her friends looked for her until 6am. She was eventually found wandering the streets by her friends. Meanwhile, at 1.10pm on Monday an 18-year-old Dutch man was arrested for stealing sweets worth $15 from Fresh Choice on Gorge Rd. He was caught by staff and was given a pre-charge warning by police.
Oops, wrong way
A 52-year-old woman stopped for a random breath test on Stanley St managed to put her car into reverse and crash into a police car. Sergeant Gill said the Kelvin Hts resident was stopped at 1.20am on Saturday and it appeared she was sober.
Nude dancefloor nudge
A naked man got into a fight with a patron in The Powder Room in Searle Ln on Saturday at 2.20am. Police arrested two Kiwi men, both aged 25, after a fight started when a naked man bumped into the other man on the dancefloor.
Booze cruise ban
Two Invercargill men on a booze cruise to Queenstown were arrested for breaching the liquor ban and for disorderly behaviour at the weekend. The men, aged 20 and 21, were with friends who travelled to the resort in their utes but refused to move out of the liquor ban area when police spoke to them on Saturday at 11.15pm. Meanwhile, three teenagers from Wanaka and Timaru were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour in Queenstown. The trio, all 18, were cruising around town in a van but refused to remove alcohol from the Queenstown liquor ban zone at 2.05am on Sunday.
A 20-year-old Cromwell man was charged with assault after getting into trouble in Winnies in The Mall. He allegedly punched another man twice to the face and is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court.
Police are investigating a burglary in Greenstone Pl, Fernhill. Sergeant Gill said police were called with a report of a burglary between 7pm on Saturday and 1.30am on Sunday. Entry was gained through a kitchen window. Laptops, a hard drive and perfume were stolen from the premises.
A dangerous driving charge was laid against a 67-year-old Glenorchy man who allegedly swerved towards a group of three road cyclists near Glenorchy last week. Constable Aaron Redaelli said the cyclists in turn swerved away from the man’s vehicle and there was an altercation between cyclists and the driver. The incident occurred just after noon and the man was arrested and charged later in the day.