Late-night visit ended in crashes

19:29, Feb 14 2013

A 23-year-old man who crashed into five parked cars, including two at a car yard, was remanded until March 25 for sentencing when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court before Judge Kevin Phillips this week.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said after drinking at home, Anthony Peter Hughes decided to visit a friend in Hallenstein St in the early hours of November 18.

About 5.40am, after finding his friend was not home, Hughes attempted to drive back to Gorge Rd.

While travelling along Hallenstein St, he crashed into two parked cars, which were on opposite sides of the road, causing panel damage on each car. He continued to drive along the street, where he crashed into another parked car.

He then drove across Gorge Rd, onto a footpath and into a car sales yard, where he crashed into a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

As he attempted to reverse away, he hit another car in the yard, causing significant damage to it. When spoken to by police, Hughes admitted the offending but gave no explanation for his actions.


Judge Phillips ordered a reparation report and alcohol and drug assessment for sentencing.


Elizabeth Ann Roberts, 44, chef, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on January 29.

Possession of a firearm

Jesse Lyall Job, 33, was convicted and discharged for possessing a rifle without holding a firearms licence, on January 7.

Driving Chay John McWilliam, 27, of Wanaka, was remanded until March 25 for sentencing for driving while disqualified and providing false details to police on November 28.


Martin Cicha, 27, supermarket worker, of Wanaka, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 594mcg on February 9.

Quinn Ryan Drake, 19, driver, 209mcg on December 8. Remanded until March 25 for sentencing.

Julian Denny Joel, 35, security guard, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 104mg on December 24.

The Southland Times