News from NZ Police
Just before 3.00am this morning, Lower Hutt Police stopped a car they recognised as having been reported stolen the previous day. It was first stopped in a residential street of Wainuiomata. But as police approached, it accelerated away towards the Wainuiomata Hill Road.
Near Wainuiomata Hill, road spikes were used to reduce the vehicle’s speed to between 20 and 40 Km/h. Police vehicles surrounded the car to bring it safely to a stop.
Three Police officers approached the vehicle in an attempt to arrest the driver. He then tried to escape by ramming Police vehicles and shunting one out of the way.
Three Police officers were swiped by the escaping vehicle with one officer receiving some bruising to his leg.
The vehicle continued at the reduced speed before being safely forced from the road in Lower Hutt.
The two male occupants were then arrested.
Acting Hutt Valley Area Commander, Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Borrell, says “It was clear that the driver of this stolen vehicle was motivated to escape and presented a risk to the community. I’m pleased that we were able to safely contain and apprehend him without presenting any further risk of harm to the public”.
The driver of the stolen car was a 23-year-old man from Wainuiomata who was on bail for two serious assault charges. He appeared in Lower Hutt District Court today facing numerous charges relating to this incident and has been remanded in custody until the end of January.
A number of Police vehicles were damaged by the offender ranging from minor damage to one police vehicle now being out of service with substantial damage. The stolen car was wrecked and is undriveable.
Mr Borrell added “As with all serious incidents of this nature, we will be debriefing our staff involved and reviewing our actions to ensure that they met with our policy, practice and procedures”.