Police clambered over roof tops in a bid to arrest a man who was allegedly damaging cars in central Hastings yesterday.
Members of the public called police about 4.45pm reporting a man was kicking cars parked on Heretaunga St, which runs through the centre of Hastings.
Onlookers watched the man flee into a backpackers followed closely by police.
Rotten Apple Backpackers owner Jason Heard said the man ran up the stairs, past the backpackers and locked himself in one of the bathrooms.
''One guy was just about to walk into the shower, he was standing there in a towel and undies.''
The man then kicked through a window and escaped onto the roof.
Hot on his tail, the police kicked down the door and followed the man on to the veranda.
''It was real roof chase. They chased him across the whole block.''
It was raining heavily as police chased the man across the roof tops.
Mr Heard said eventually the man ran out of places to go and was arrested by police.
''We could see him on his back in handcuffs. He looked pretty wasted.''
A Hastings fire crew were called to lift the man off the roof with a ladder.
Mr Heard said his guests found the incident ''quite amusing''.
''It was pretty out of it - it was just nuts.''
While, Mr Heard now had to repair a broken door and window, he wasn't fazed by the incident.
''Life throws curve balls at you sometimes.''
The man is appearing in Hastings District Court today.
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