American tourist charged after Q'town 'coward's punch'

An American tourist has been charged with assault with reckless disregard after allegedly punching a local man in the face in Queenstown.

The 31-year-old, who arrived in the resort on Thursday, allegedly attacked a 28-year-old Queenstown man on Searle Lane, about 4am on Saturday.

Sergeant Kate Pirovano, of Queenstown, described it as a "coward's punch'', which left the man unconscious.

He was taken to hospital for a brief check-up but was soon discharged.

The alleged offender was located and arrested after officers checked CCTV footage of the area.

He was due to appear in court today.

Meanwhile, there were also two crashes on the resort's roads over the weekend.

A crash involving a car and another vehicle towing a boat on State Highway 6, near Lake Hayes, was reported about 11.20am on Saturday.

The road was temporarily blocked and no injuries were reported.

A 27-year-old man was charged with careless driving for allegedly crossing the centre line before the collision.

He was due to appear in court today.

The second collision took place on Frankton Rd yesterday and caused temporary traffic queues.

A 29-year-old man was given a written traffic warning after crashing into another car.

Sgt Pirovano said it was important for motorists to remember to "keep safe on the roads'' after the busy holiday period.

"There are lots of children about on the roads, so keep speeds down.''

joshua.walton@odt.co.nz

 

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