Peter John Barratt is driven away from the courthouse.
A 72-year-old Wanaka man faces charges of assaulting a
police officer and threatening to kill two officers after a
senior constable suffered head, eye and rib injuries in an
Accused Peter John Barratt, sporting a huge black eye and
what appeared to be a blood stain on the left shoulder of his
shirt, was bailed to a Haast address when he made his first
appearance in Quernstown District Court today at 11am.
Barratt is charged with assaulting senior constable Sean
Hurley plus threatening to kill Hurley, his daughters and a
fellow officer constable Reed.
Constable Hurley (52) was left bloodied and bruised after the
incident yesterday afternoon.
Barratt has also been charged with drink-driving after
allegedly recording a level of 751 micrograms of alcohol per
litre of breath when pulled over yesterday. The legal limit
Queenstown solicitor Sonia Vidal, representing Barratt,
entered no plea and asked for a remand on bail. Justice of
the Peace Joy McDonald released Barratt on bail until his
next scheduled court appearance on April 28.
Bail conditions require him to live in Haast at a house he
has on the same street as the local police station.
Barratt must report to the station daily between 8am and 4pm,
not drive, not drink, not enter licensed premises and not
enter Wanaka unless it's to travel to Queenstown District
"I take a very dim view of what's happened," Miss McDonald
told Barratt before outlining the bail conditions and asking
him to surrender his passport.
"Consider yourself very lucky this morning."
Prosecuting sergeant Ian Collin earlier told the court police
were satisfied the bail conditions were appropriate "in terms
of eliminating any issues as to further offending".
A police statement yesterday said Mr Hurley had stopped a
motorist in Makarora for a routine breath test about 3pm
after road workers reported a suspected drink driver heading
After failing the test, the motorist was asked to accompany
senior constable Hurley to Wanaka - on the way, the motorist
is alleged to have kicked the officer in the head and
attempted to gouge his eye.
Wanaka sub-area commander senior sergeant Allan Grindell said
senior constable Hurley stopped his car and restrained the
man before continuing.
However, the man began "playing up" in the back seat again as
the car approached the Makarora Country Café so senior
constable Hurley pulled into the café forecourt, restrained
him again and radioed for help.
- Ryan Keen, Mountain Scene