Police cars’ windscreens stomped on and broken

Sergeant Simon Matheson, of Queenstown, inspects some of the police cars damaged at the station...
Sergeant Simon Matheson, of Queenstown, inspects some of the police cars damaged at the station early on Sunday. PHOTO: TRACEY ROXBURGH
A Waitaki teenager who allegedly stomped on the windscreens of six Queenstown police patrol vehicles, and one officer’s private vehicle, shattering them, and used a road cone to damage another officer’s car will appear in the Queenstown District Court next month.

The 18-year-old has also been charged with resisting police following the incident early on Sunday.

Sergeant Simon Matheson, of Queenstown, said the teen allegedly "stomped" on the the windscreens of the patrol vehicles, parked at the rear of the Queenstown police station.

"We understand that some people may take some of the things we do the wrong way, but we’re disappointed people will do that to [officers’] personal vehicles."

Two patrol vehicles went in for repair yesterday, while two vehicles had been borrowed from Invercargill and one from Dunedin to ensure police could still do their jobs.

Sgt Matheson said it was so far unclear how much the the damage would cost to repair — along with replacing the windscreens, all the police vehicles had rain sensors and anti-collision cameras fitted to them, which needed to be recalibrated.

A police summary of facts alleges about 3am the defendant was sitting on a picnic table outside the Camp St Night’n Day and when a marked patrol car drove past he yelled obscenities and made offensive gestures.

The two officer approached the defendant to ask if he was OK — the teen immediately started abusing them and allegedly "got up in the face" of one.

While yelling at the officer, the defendant spat on his face, however, that was believed to be due to the level of his intoxication.

The officer put a hand on his shoulder to create some space between them and encourage the defendant to sit back down, but the male "threw himself to the ground in an exaggerated movement" while yelling at the officers, the summary alleged.

When the police heard yelling in the The Mall they got back into the patrol car and advised the teenager to go home.

While police dealing with a disorder incident outside Bungalow, the male approached them and hurled abuse at them.

He was warned to move away or he could be arrested for obstruction.

Instead, the defendant allegedly entered the Queenstown police station staff car park, off Camp St, about 3.12am and used a road cone to break the windscreen of one private vehicle, and then set up his cellphone to record him jumping on the bonnet of another private vehicle and stomped on the windscreen, shattering it.

He then moved to the rear of the police station car park, where the patrol cars were parked.

He hid while the patrol units returned with the alleged offenders from the earlier incident and then allegedly jumped on the bonnets of six police vehicles, stomping on their windscreens to shatter them, some of which he recorded on his cellphone.

An officer inside the station heard the noise and observed the defendant on a CCTV screen inside the back door.

He went outside as the defendant was jumping off the sixth car and pursued him on foot as he tried to run out the driveway.

The officer caught him against the driveway fence and during a struggle the officer’s elbow struck a spike on the fence. That resulted in a puncture wound needing medical treatment.

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

 

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