'Flurry of punches' unleashed on bouncer

It was a rough weekend to be a bouncer in Queenstown.

Two doormen were assaulted in separate incidents after refusing entry to resort bars on Sunday.

In the first incident, two punters took exception to being refused entry to a bar in The Mall at 1.45am, and "unleashed a flurry of punches'' to the head and body of a doorman, Sergeant Steve Watt said.

"Both men were seen throwing a multitude of punches, until the doorman was rescued by another security officer and the bar manager.''

The victim suffered bruising and bleeding, Sgt Watt said.

The men were later located in another bar and were arrested. They are expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court today.

In another incident, a bouncer was slapped by a man after being refused entry to a bar on Ballarat Street at 7.50pm on Sunday.

The man was moved away by an "older couple'' who were possibly his parents, but returned and punched the doorman, Sgt Watt said.

The man was still throwing punches while he was restrained.

The older man then returned and also started throwing punches at staff who were restraining the younger man.

The incident was caught on CCTV, and police are appealing for any information.

It was also a rough weekend to be a parked car on Fernhill Road, according to police.

A 26-year-old Welsh man was arrested after mixing sleeping pills and alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

He sideswiped seven cars along Fernhill Rd before he was apprehended by a member of the public, Sgt Watt said.

The man recorded a breath alcohol level of under 250mcg, but was taken for a doctor's assessment, which he failed.

He was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving. He is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court today. 

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