Feilding man bolts from police

23:00, Dec 09 2012

A Feilding man has appeared in court on charges of shoplifting and wilful damage after he led police on a chase around the town's centre.

Just before 2pm on Friday, a police officer recognised the man in Hobson St near the mini-golf course.

The man wasn't keen to see the officer and took off. The 21-year-old was wanted for offences committed during the past two weeks and on Saturday he appeared in the Palmerston North District Court on two charges of shoplifting and one charge of wilful damage.

Sergeant David Burmeister said the man led police on a foot chase around the busy area near the Manawatu District Council building.

The man was found by a police dog about 40 minutes later in a block of flats in Fitzroy St.

"It took quite a while to catch him," Mr Burmeister said. "He was hopping over multiple properties."

"It was a good arrest for us to get him off the street. Lots of people would have seen us all over the place."

Mr Burmeister said about eight or nine officers were involved in the chase and search as the Feilding station "pretty well emptied out".

The man has a lengthy history of dishonesty offending.


Manawatu Standard