WELLINGTON - Former All Black Jerry Collins was arrested for disorderly behaviour in central Wellington on the same day he abused hospital staff.
Police say a drunk Collins, 32, threw a half-eaten kebab on the ground "a couple of metres" from the arresting officers on the night of Sunday.
The arrest came about 18 hours after staff at Wellington Hospital called security to remove Collins from the emergency department, because he was abusing staff.
Police in Courtenay Place handcuffed him and took him by car to Wellington central police station, but he was not charged and later released, police spokesman Nick Bohm said yesterday.
"Originally they were picking him up for disorderly behaviour when he threw a half-eaten kebab on to the footpath outside the Fix store. "
He was arrested at 10.22pm, and was picked up from the station later in the night, Bohm said.
Staff at the 24-hour Fix store confirmed Collins was seen speaking to police outside that night.
Collins' agent, lawyer Tim Castle, did not respond to requests for comment.
Two nights after his arrest, Collins was back in the town, at Zico Cucina & Bar in Courtenay Place, where he was described as speaking loudly and being in an exuberant frame of mind.
Staff reminded him he was in a restaurant and not a bar. A spokesman for the restaurant said Collins left voluntarily without finishing his drink.
In March, Collins was arrested in Japan after entering a department store carrying two 17cm knives.
In June, French businessman Mourad Boudjellal, owner of the Toulon rugby club for which Collins played before his stint in Japan, described the loose forward in an autobiography as a "madman" drinker.