Alcohol warning for festival-goers

17:00, Jun 24 2012

The opening weekend of the Queenstown Winter Festival kept police busy with 16 people arrested for a range of offences including fighting, disorderly behaviour and drink driving.

An operation to target drink drivers in the resort during the festival had netted six people by yesterday morning with police also arresting one passenger who became aggressive at a checkpoint.

Sergeant Mark Gill said the drink driving arrests served as a reminder to drivers that police would be out on the roads for the duration of the festival.

A 19-year-old Auckland man was arrested and charged with drink driving on Beetham St after he blew 1086mcg at 11.45pm on Friday.

A Queenstown taxi passenger who gave a wrong address was so drunk when police arrived she could not remember her name or where she lived. The 40-year-old was arrested and taken back to the cells for detoxification.

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