Immigration New Zealand has deported a man who escaped Christchurch Airport during questioning and fled through the city with a bleeding head.
Michael Alexander Stockermans, 24, from the Netherlands, was said to have a "bad wound to his head", and was last seen near Russley Rd on Friday afternoon before being found by police just after midnight.
Police said Stockermans had "escaped immigration after being held at the airport".
"A motorist stopped in the area to help him, as he had a cut on his head, and he took off across the paddocks."
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) border operations manager Karen Unwin said Stockermans was being interviewed by immigration staff "as part of routine arrival procedures" before he fled.
He had been sent back to the Netherlands and INZ would not press charges.
She would not comment on why Stockermans fled the airport or how he came to have a bleeding head, citing privacy reasons.
- The Press
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