Arrest after armed incident

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 10:28 28/03/2014

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LATEST: Police set up road spikes and used pepper spray and a Taser on a wanted man after he refused to come out of a locked car.

Palmerston North Inspector Brett Calkin said police were called to Sherriffs Rd, on the outskirts of the city, shortly after midnight when a member of the public reported a suspicious car.

When police arrived they discovered the car plates did not match the vehicle and the slumbering man inside was recognised as being wanted. 

The officers called for armed backup, and then set up road spikes under the vehicles tyres and at the entrance of the road, while the man slept on.

Police woke and attempted to arrest the man, but he had locked the doors and refused to get out.

Officers smashed a window and attempted to pepper spray and Taser him.

Mr Calkin said the Taser did not appear to have any affect as it was believed only one probe entered the man.

The man started the car and drove away, running over two sets of road spikes and ramming a police car as he fled.

Police lost sight of the car, but were called to another suspicious vehicle in Raleigh St, Awapuni, at 1.26am.

The vehicle had already moved on, but they found the car from Sherriffs Rd, without its occupant, crashed into a fence.

Subsequent investigations found the car from the second call in Dampier Ave, with a woman inside.

As police approached, they saw a man lay down in the back seat, Mr Calkin said.

He was forcibly removed from the car and arrested.

A 24-year-old Palmerston North man will appear in the Palmerston North District Court today on multiple charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless driving, breach of protection order and driving while disqualified.

Police found a sawn off-shotgun and drug paraphernalia in the back of the car.

Mr Calkin said the man already had two warrants out for his arrest, and police had been looking for him for some time.

He suffered minor injuries from his arrest and was treated by a police doctor.

The woman in the second vehicle was spoken to by police and released without charge.

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- Manawatu Standard

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