Teen arrested twice in an hour
Freedom was fleeting for a Wellington teenager caught joyriding in a stolen car who found himself back behind bars within an hour of being released after he allegedly tried to break into cars.
Three 17-year-old boys led police in a car chase around the Hutt Valley on Tuesday night, but for one of the trio the brush with the law did not end there.
Police began receiving calls about a car's speed heading from Wellington to the Hutt Valley shortly before 10pm on Tuesday, Upper Hutt response manager Senior Sergeant Carolyn McKenzie said.
The Subaru Impreza's description matched one reported stolen that day from Berhampore.
The car struck a barrier near Fraser Park off Fairway Drive and police attempted to halt it but the driver ''took off'' - sparking a 15-minute chase around Lower Hutt, McKenzie said.
Police laid road spikes on the Eastern Hutt Rd but the driver allegedly evaded cops by heading south down the wrong side of the road, McKenzie said.
Spike damage to a wheel stopped the Subaru near Belmont and police arrested the driver and two passengers, she said.
The driver was was charged with failing to stop, driving with excess breath alcohol, dangerous driving, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.
His two passengers were charged with unlawfully getting into a stolen motor vehicle and the trio were held in custody at the Lower Hutt Police Station overnight.
The passengers were released on bail yesterday at 6.30am - but not for long.
Within an hour of release, a teen was spotted by a security guard attempting to open car doors at the Centre City Plaza carpark - about 600 metres from the police station on Kings Cres.
Passers-by also reported seeing a teen trying to open car doors on nearby Queens Drive.
The cops caught up with him as he waited at a bus stop outside the Westfield Queensgate shopping mall and determined he was the young man they had just released.
McKenzie said he told police he was looking for wallets in the cars.
Police were unsure whether he had been awaiting a bus back to Wellington.
But he did get a free ride back to the Lower Hutt police station, McKenzie said.
The 17-year-old was charged with breaching his bail conditions.
The Dominion Post