Drivers, violence keep cops busy in Queenstown

A man has been charged with drink-driving after allegedly getting behind the wheel of a milk truck while on a night out in Queenstown.

Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the 28-year-old man was "intoxicated and jumped in a milk truck'' outside the Night 'n Day store on Camp St, about 5.45am on Saturday.

He said the delivery driver was sorting out his stock in the back of the truck when the man got into the front seat and started to accelerate.

The alleged offender drove only half a metre before officers arrived and breath-tested him. 

He blew a reading of 894mcg and was due to appear in court this week.

An Australian tourist was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly knocking out another man outside the Bungalow bar on Camp St, in the Queenstown CBD, about 6am on Saturday.

The pair had reportedly argued earlier about a drink being spilt.

The man was taken to hospital to be checked on but was not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, several alleged drink-drivers were stopped in the resort over the weekend.

A 55-year-old woman was stopped by police after crashing into two vehicles on Lake Avenue in Frankton, about 12.10am on Saturday.

She was charged with drink-driving after blowing a reading of 1149mcg - more than four times the legal limit.

A 28-year-old man was charged with careless driving and drink-driving after crashing into a parked car on Richards Park Ln, in Fernhill, about 5.30am on Saturday.

Sgt Watt said the man caused "extensive damage'' to the other car and blew a reading of 692mcg.

A 30-year-old motorcyclist was charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police on Camp St on Saturday night.

He blew a reading of 469mcg.

A man was allegedly caught driving through a red light before officers stopped him on Beetham St in Queenstown, about 4am yesterday.

The 23-year-old blew a reading of 882mcg and was charged with drink-driving.

All the alleged offenders were due to appear in court this week.

joshua.walton@odt.co.nz

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