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BROOKE GARDINER IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013

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A Queenstown woman was lucky to escape uninjured when a large tree fell across State Highway 6 and landed on the bonnet of her car yesterday morning.

Sergeant Steve Watt said the woman was travelling north just past the Queenstown Events Centre when the tree fell and smashed her windscreen at 8.30am.

The woman was not injured. Traffic was held up for a short time.

A 42-year-old Glenorchy man is likely to face driving charges after his vehicle collided with another vehicle, causing it to flip twice, on the Queenstown-to-Glenorchy road, on Sunday.

Mr Watt said the man was driving towards Queenstown when he drifted over the centre line on a bend and collided with a vehicle being driven by an Invercargill couple.

The impact caused the oncoming car to flip twice.

The occupants suffered minor injuries.

Police inquiries are continuing and it is likely the driver will face driving charges, Mr Watt said.

A 19-year-old Chinese man who lost control of his rental car and crashed through a fence, killing a cow, has been charged with dangerous driving.

The man reported the incident to Queenstown police on Saturday.

He told police he had lost control on gravel on the Glenorchy-to-Paradise road and had crashed through the fence, hitting a cow. The man was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, Mr Watt said.

A 32-year-old Auckland man was arrested at 5.30pm on Saturday in Queenstown after his antics during a stag party got him into trouble.

The group the man was with got into a taxi and taped up the on-board camera before one of the men stole a headrest.

The man was arrested a short time later in the resort with the headrest in his hand, and was eventually released on a pre-charge warning, Mr Watt said.

On Sunday night, police were called out to search for a 55-year-old Chinese man who was late returning from a day walk on the Frankton track.

He set off for a walk about 5pm and other members of his party raised the alarm when he had not returned by 11pm.

The man, who doesn't speak or read English, was found by police on the track at midnight. He was drenched but otherwise fine and had underestimated how long it would take him to walk to the Kelvin Heights golf course and back, Mr Watt said.

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