An Australian man who ran into a Lake Wakatipu during his stag night, and punched a police officer trying to help him, has landed himself in court.
Ahead of his wedding, Perth man Taylor Graeme Ryan, 25, had on Thursday night been drinking with friends in Queenstown when police were called to an altercation, the Otago Daily Times reports.
As officers arrived, Ryan waded waist-deep into the seven-degree waters of Lake Wakatipu to avoid them and refused to come out, police said in statement.
Fearing for the groom's safety, an officer went into the water to coax him out, only for Ryan to resist before punching the constable in the chest.
He was then pepper sprayed and arrested.
"You actually put yourself and other people at risk by being in the water," Judge John Brandts-Giesen told him during a sentencing at Queenstown District Court this week, according to the ODT.
"You're lucky that you were put into the paddy wagon rather than a hearse."
The defendant's lawyers described the case as "simply a stag do gone horribly wrong".
Ryan was charged with resisting police, assaulting an officer and disorderly behaviour and fined.