Crash after "paranoid" episode

18:21, Feb 27 2014

A Kapiti man has been arrested following a ''mistakenly paranoid'' episode where he believed the driver of a truck behind him on the road was out to get him.

The 26-year-old man was travelling south from Foxton Beach on State Highway 1 in the early hours of this morning when he called Levin police to report he was being chased by a truck, which was also trying to run him off the road.

Levin Senior Sergeant Sarn Paroli said police were called again about 2am to a crash involving the man's car and another vehicle.

Mr Paroli said it appeared the man, who was travelling with a 21-year-old Hokio Beach woman, had crossed the centre line and crashed into a north-bound vehicle, near Waitarere Beach Rd.

The truck driver trailing the man's car stopped at the crash scene and got out  to check for injuries, but was allegedly attacked by the 26-year-old.

When police arrived, the man turned on police and was pepper sprayed.


None of the officers were injured.

Both the man and the truck driver were taken to Palmerston North Hospital for treatment.

The occupants of the north-bound car were not believed to be injured, he said.

Mr Paroli said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, and described the arrested man as ''mistakenly paranoid''.

The driver of the truck driver was unaware there were any allegations made against him, and had simply gotten out of his truck to offer aid, he said.

The 26-year-old man would be facing assault and driving related charges, he said.

Manawatu Standard