Lone of­fi­cer ar­rests vi­o­lent man

Con­sta­ble praised for han­dling of strug­gle in Ran­furly

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Of­fi­cer draws Taser when ap­proached

Po­lice are prais­ing the ac­tions of a Cen­tral Otago con­sta­ble who brought down a vi­o­lent 21-year-old man in Ran­furly.

Act­ing re­sponse man­ager Sergeant Si­mon Paget said the sole con­sta­ble was called to a ru­ral property on the out­skirts of Ran­furly about 10am on Sun­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of a man al­legedly smash­ing up the property.

Two men and a woman were at the property.

‘‘Upon ar­rival at the scene, the sole at­tend­ing of­fi­cer was met by an ag­gres­sive and un­co­op­er­a­tive man who fled back into the ad­dress when the of­fi­cer at­tempted to ar­rest him.’’

The of­fi­cer was told the man had dis­charged a firearm and, con­se­quently, with­drew from the scene await­ing fur­ther po­lice backup, Paget said.

How­ever, he was then ap­proached by a man who ad­vanced on him and threat­ened him with a steel bar. The of­fi­cer drew his Taser and the man dropped the bar and com­plied with in­struc­tions.

How­ever, when the of­fi­cer moved to hand­cuff the man, he re­sisted vi­o­lently.

Af­ter a pro­tracted strug­gle, the of­fi­cer was able to bring the of­fender un­der con­trol and ar­rest him.

‘‘Full credit goes to the con­sta­ble, who, when faced with a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion and a mo­ti­vated of­fender, selected the ap­pro­pri­ate tac­ti­cal op­tion and ef­fected the ar­rest with­out in­jury to ei­ther party.’’

The man was charged with wil­ful dam­age, dis­charg­ing a firearm near a dwelling, un­law­fully pos­sess­ing a firearm, as­sault­ing po­lice with a weapon, re­sist­ing ar­rest and es­cap­ing cus­tody.

Otago ru­ral area com­man­der In­spec­tor Andrew Burns said Ran­furly had been a sole-charge sta­tion since the 1990s.

‘‘Staff in these ar­eas have tac­ti­cal op­tions train­ing that they use when con­fronted with sit­u­a­tions like this to en­sure the safety of all in­volved. In this in­ci­dent, the of­fi­cer fol­lowed the cor­rect re­sponse pro­ce­dure, in­clud­ing a risk as­sess­ment."

The clos­est po­lice of­fi­cer was based at Omakau, but there were sev­eral av­enues of as­sis­tance, in­clud­ing high­way pa­trol staff, ru­ral drink-drive staff, the wider Cen­tral Otago polic­ing team and a con­sta­ble at Mid­dle­march, he said.

‘‘In com­mu­ni­ties such as Ran­furly, po­lice also have close re­la­tion­ships with other lo­cal emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel, who are avail­able to as­sist on the rare oc­ca­sion that this is re­quired.’’

Backup of­fi­cers from Alexan­dra were sent to the Ran­furly in­ci­dent, he said.

Wanaka man re­leased with­out penalty

A 72-year-old Wanaka man found un­fit to stand trial af­ter be­ing ac­cused of at­tack­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer will face no fur­ther penalty.

Peter John Bar­ratt was charged with as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer with in­tent to ob­struct, threat­en­ing to kill a se­nior con­sta­ble and his daugh­ters, threat­en­ing to kill a con­sta­ble, re­sist­ing a con­sta­ble and driv­ing with a breath-al­co­hol level of 751 mi­cro­grams af­ter an in­ci­dent in Makarora on April 10. Bar­ratt ap­peared in the Queen­stown District Court on Mon­day where Judge Christina Cook or­dered his im­me­di­ate re­lease with­out fur­ther penalty. Bar­rett had been ad­mit­ted to Wakari Hospi­tal in Dunedin on bail where a psy­chol­o­gist and psy­chi­a­trist found he had amen­tal im­pair­ment.

Gro­cery scam­mers re­manded

Two for­mer Night ‘n Day staff in Queen­stown who stole from their em­ployer by help­ing each other scam gro­cery item sales have been re­manded un­til Au­gust for sen­tence.

Ann Lor­raine Sam­son Me­len­ciano, 34, and Jacqueline Bor­romeo Me­drano, 47, jointly charged with theft while in a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween March 1 and June 17, were con­victed by Judge Cook in the Queen­stown District court on Mon­day.

It was dis­cov­ered on CCTV that while the pair were serv­ing each other they were cov­er­ing the bar code of items with their hands and then pre­tend­ing to charge each other through eft­pos.

Me­drano’s lawyer So­nia Vi­dal said her client was ‘‘ex­tremely remorseful’’ of her ac­tions but had felt pres­sured into the scheme by Me­len­ciano, who was her su­pe­rior.

‘‘Ms Me­drano felt pres­sured to go along with the scheme . . . She knew it was wrong. She felt she had too,’’ Vi­dal said.

The was an ‘‘ex­tremely high’’ chance she was go­ing to lose her work per­mit and be de­ported as a re­sult of the of­fend­ing.

Vi­dal said Me­drano of­ten stole out-dated stock from a bar­gain bin while her co-of­fender was steal­ing tobacco.

The judge or­dered repa­ra­tion re­ports for sen­tenc­ing on Au­gust 18.

Dan­ger­ous driv­ing

Karl Antony Rich Geb­bie, 28, man­ager, was fined $650, sen­tenced to 150 hours’ com­mu­nity work and disqual­i­fied from driv­ing for 15 months for dan­ger­ous driv­ing, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, re­fus­ing to ac­com­pany po­lice, fail­ing to re­main stopped and record­ing a breath al­co­hol level of 581mcg, limit 400, on June 26 and record­ing 603mcg on June 7. On the June 26 in­ci­dent Geb­bie was pulled over by po­lice and found to be over limit. When a po­lice of­fi­cer tried to re­move the keys from the ig­ni­tion of the car Geb­bie was driv­ing, he grabbed her arm be­fore putting the car in neu­tral and al­low­ing it to roll down a hill. The of­fi­cer was forced to with­draw her arm from the car. Geb­bie then started the car again and sped off. He was found a short time later at his home ad­dress and was ar­rested.

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