Drink driving charge after boat smash

Last updated 10:24 15/02/2014

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One of the occupants of a jet boat that hit rocks in Queenstown last night has been processed for drink driving after ignoring police advice not to drive once they got off the water.

Queenstown police were advised of a jet boat possibly in difficulty by the Kawarau Falls Bridge just before 11pm.

A member of the public had heard a crash by the bridge. A boat was seen being pushed off a rock and hitting another one before being pushed off again and heading downstream, police said.

The local coastguard was activated along with a rescue helicopter, amid concerns the boat was low in the water and may not have been under control.

The coastguard found the boat and its two male occupants, both in their early 20s, 100 metres downstream from the bridge just before 11.30pm.

The boat was damaged but the men were unharmed. They indicated they had been travelling up the river when they got caught out by low water and lack of light.

The two men had a vehicle and boat trailer nearby, but police advised them to make other arrangements to get home as they had been drinking.

About 15 minutes later police stopped the vehicle and boat trailer which was being driven by one of the men who had been in the jet boat.

The driver failed a breath screening test and was processed for drink driving. 

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- Fairfax Media

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