Fleeing driver rams police car

Last updated 16:30 27/08/2012
A police car was damaged on Kahikatea Drive after a driver attempted to flee.
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A police car was damaged on Kahikatea Drive after a driver attempted to flee.

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A fleeing driver rammed his car into a pursuing police car before attempting to run away in Hamilton at the weekend.

But the 26-year-old man’s escape was cut short when a police dog handler and dog tracked him to a nearby house.

Senior Sergeant Jeff Penno said a Highway Patrol officer saw a Toyota car speeding at 78km/h along Kahikatatea Dr, about 12:30am on Saturday.

The officer pulled the offender over, but the driver U-turned before fleeing at speed.

A short pursuit ensued but ended when the offender pulled into Crescent Court, a no exit cul-de-sac.

‘‘The Police officer pulled his patrol car over and stopped, knowing the offender had no where to go,’’ Mr Penno said, ‘‘but the driver had other ideas and he accelerated his car into the stationary patrol car before abandoning his car and escaping on foot.’’

A dog handler tracked the man to a nearby house with a police dog and the man was arrested.

‘‘Ironically the man said he tried to flee police in the mistaken belief he was wanted on a warrant to arrest. While he wasn't he was soon in custody and now faces a variety of driving charges.’’

Mr Penno said madness on the road can have tragic consequences and he urged motorists to stop when required to do so by police.

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- Waikato Times

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