Drunken prank earns punch in face

A "highly intoxicated" Mexican man living in Queenstown copped a punch on the nose when he leapt out of the bushes to scare a woman.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said the man hid in the bushes near Queenstown Primary School at 1.15am yesterday thinking it would be funny to jump out to scare a woman, and grab her.

"Unfortunately, her boyfriend popped him on the nose for his troubles," Snr Const Blackford said.

A member of the public called an ambulance after seeing the 20-year-old man sitting on the footpath.

The man had previously been warned for his behaviour while grossly intoxicated, though police would not be taking the matter further.

"When you are grossly intoxicated your sense of humour might not be the same as non-intoxicated people," Snr Const Blackford said.