Attempt to escapes police custody fails

Last updated 16:32 13/06/2014

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A police officer was injured chasing a man who made a brief bolt for freedom from Wellington Central Police station today.

James Patrick Kiely made it across the road with two police officers in pursuit in his foiled escape from the Victoria St station about 10am today.

Kiely appeared in Palmerston North District Court yesterday charged with unlawfully taking a vehicle, and was transported to Wellington this morning in police custody. 

He was due to appear in Wellington District Court on a raft of charges, Wellington Police spokesman Nick Bohm said.

His charges included; assaulting a police officer, failure to answer bail, resisting arrest, receiving property over $1000, unlicensed driver failing to comply with a prohibition to drive, procuring or possessing methamphetamine, burglary, and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.

Kiely made a runner through the station carpark's garage door which reopened to allow another vehicle through behind the patrol car he had got out of, Bohm said.

He got about 150 metres from the station to the park under the City to Sea Bridge where he bowled into the arms of a member of the public who spotted the cops in pursuit, Bohm said.

One of the two officers chasing Kiely was taken to Wellington Hospital's accident and emergency department, where he was treated for pulling a hamstring in the pursuit, Bohm said.

Kiely pleaded guilty to a charge of escaping police custody this afternoon in Wellington District Court, he said.
The Wellington Central Police Station is opening its doors to the public tomorrow to allow people to see its inner workings.

Bohm said Kiely had escaped from officers from out of town who were unfamiliar with the layout of Wellington police station.

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- The Dominion Post

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