Three police officers narrowly avoided being run over by a stolen car in Lower Hutt.
One officer was bruised on a leg as the car’s driver tried to escape, swiping them and ramming police cars in the process.
The car was first stopped in a residential street of Wainuiomata at 3am this morning, after it was recognised as stolen, acting Hutt Valley Area Commander, Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Borrell said.
‘‘As police officers approached the vehicle, it has accelerated away towards the Wainuiomata Hill Road.
‘‘Near Wainuiomata Hill, road spikes were successfully deployed which significantly reduced the vehicle’s speed to between 20 and 40 kmh.’’
Police cars surrounded the car, and brought it safely to a stop.
Three police officers approached the car in an attempt to arrest the driver.
‘‘The driver of the stolen vehicle has then tried to escape by deliberately ramming police vehicles and shunting one out of the way,’’ Mr Borrell said.
Three police officers were swiped by the escaping car with one officer receiving some bruising to his leg.
The stolen car continued at a reduced speed on its rims, before being safely forced from the road in Lower Hutt.
The two male occupants were arrested.
The driver of the stolen car was Dylan Brown, 23, from Wainuiomata, already on bail for two serious assault charges.
Brown appeared in Lower Hutt District Court today, charged with receiving a stolen item, unlawfully getting into a vehicle, failing to stop, driving dangerously, driving while forbidden and aggravated assault.
He was remanded in custody until later this month.
"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," Mr Borrell said.
‘‘A number of police vehicles were damaged ... ranging from minor damage to one police vehicle now being out of service with substantial damage.’’
The stolen car was completely wrecked and is undrivable.
- The Dominion Post
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