Tourist allegedly drives campervan on wrong side of road, causes Queenstown 'crash'

Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said the campervan "was on the wrong side of the road" and hit another vehicle turning onto ...
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Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said the campervan "was on the wrong side of the road" and hit another vehicle turning onto Stanley St in central Queenstown.

A tourist will appear in court after police say he drove his campervan on the wrong side of the road.

The 44-year-old was charged with careless driving after a non-injury collision on the corner of Ballarat and Stanley streets in Queenstown about 1pm on Monday.

Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said the campervan "was on the wrong side of the road" and hit another vehicle turning onto Stanley St in central Queenstown.

"The [campervan] has driven around him, taken the turn too narrow and hit the bumper of him."

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The Dutch man would appear in the Queenstown District Court on March 27.

ANOTHER TOURIST CHARGED

In the Queenstown District Court on Monday, Shi Cheung Lo, 30, of Hong Kong, pleaded guilty to careless driving after a crash on Kinloch Rd, Glenorchy on March 14.

The summary of facts said Lo lost control of the vehicle he was driving on the gravel road and crashed into a tree stump.

The vehicle "fishtailed" as Lo tried to slow down, the facts said.

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Lo told police he tried to slow down by braking but the road was slippery.

The passenger in Lo's vehicle, also a Hong Kong national, received serious facial injuries as a result of the crash.

They were taken by helicopter to Lakes District Hospital.

Counsel Liam Collins said Lo was very remorseful and had communicated with the injured person through Facebook messages and they had accepted his apology.

Judge Mark Callaghan remanded Lo on bail without conviction to apply for a discharge without conviction.

He would appear in the Timaru District Court on April 27 as he was due to start work in nearby Twizel.

The separate incidents are the latest in a string of driving incidents in the Queenstown Lakes District recently.

Last month a tourist drove on the wrong side of the road on the Crown Range and was captured on video while another had their rental car contract torn up in December.

In September last year, a Hamilton man was caught speeding four times in just over an hour in Central Otago.

*555 calls about poor driving in the region were up 221 per cent last year compared with 2012.

 - Stuff

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