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From offended to offender in 1.5km

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 15:26 30/07/2014

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Dunedin police nabbed an alcohol-driven motor scooter thief when he turned up at the city's central police station claiming he had been assaulted early this morning.

The unlicensed 19 year-old Dunedin student went from offended to offender when he showed up drunk at the station to report an alleged assault around 3am, Sergeant Steve Aitken said.

However, soon after the man had come through the station doors, police established he had ridden a stolen a motor scooter the 1.5km into the city to lay his assault complaint.

The scooter had been left at the top of Stuart St, above the central city, after its owner was knocked from the vehicle earlier in the day, Aitken said.

The student will appear in the Dunedin District Court next Tuesday on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, driving while suspended, and driving with excess alcohol.

"It's a little bizarre," Aitken said.

"Given the man's state of intoxication, it's probably lucky he made it to the police station without injuring himself or someone else. That's probably due to the fact there is very little traffic on the road at that hour of the morning."

The 19 year-old was still in police station cells and struggling to stand unaided because of his level of intoxication by late this morning, Aitken said.

Officers had been unable to get much sense out of him regarding the assault but would interview the man regarding his assault claim once he sobered up, he said.

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- The Southland Times

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