Police busy tucking up drunks in the cells
Queenstown police's unofficial role as babysitters of the exceptionally intoxicated continued yesterday morning with two people held in the cells to sober up.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said police in the main centres had three options when dealing with intoxicated people but because of the lack of a designated alcohol abuse facility in the resort, his colleagues had only two.
If drunks could give their address, standard practice was to take them home and leave them with a friend or family member but the only option for those too drunk to give basic information in places such as Queenstown was to have them sleep it off in the cells, Mr Blackford said.
Police put their detox guests to bed in the cells, where they were regularly monitored, he said.
Police didn't have to go far to attend three callouts early yesterday involving drunks who fought and fell asleep outside the centrally located police station.
At 5am a 38-year-old man was found lying in the middle of the small roundabout in Camp St outside the police station. He was arrested and kept in the cells for detoxification, , for his own safety, Mr Blackford said.
Half an hour later a 30-year-old Frenchwoman was arrested and held for detoxification after she was found lying across the street outside the Night 'n Day store.
Five minutes later, police were called to an incident outside the station involving a 34-year-old Spaniard who was trying to fight two other men.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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