Witnesses to Queenstown bottling sought

Police are appealing for CCTV footage and witnesses after a man was hit with a bottle during an altercation between two groups on a Queenstown road.

Two men blocked the path of a vehicle with three occupants inside on Turner St about 9.45pm on Friday and started to kick and throw items at it.

Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said one of the occupants got out of the car and was approached from behind and hit over the side of the head with an object believed to be a bottle.

The injured man was taken to Lakes District Hospital to be treated.

Officers seized the bottle for forensic analysis and are calling for any witnesses to contact police.

Other activity

A 48-year-old man was due in court this morning charged with obtaining by deception after allegedly going into a hotel restaurant and pretending to be someone else.

Snr Sgt Enoka said the man told staff he had a room number before ordering. 

A suspected drink-driver was also due in court this morning charged with driving with excess breath alcohol level.

The 30-year-old foreign national blew a reading of 547mcg when stopped by officers on Park St at 4am yesterday.

Snr Sgt Enoka said the man was believed to have driven through a red light with no headlights on.

A car fire outside an apartment block on Panorama Tc on Saturday morning was not being treated as suspicious by police, who believed it was accidental.

Specialist fire investigators were looking into the cause. 

joshua.walton@odt.co.nz

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