Man discards clothes to 'throw police off'

Last updated 05:00 16/10/2012

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A young man cornered in a cowshed emerged handcuffed and wearing only his underpants after a police pursuit.

Witness Ross Setford said he saw three police cars travelling along Te Horo Beach Rd on the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington, late yesterday afternoon before two of them ploughed across a paddock and stopped outside a farm shed.

"The next thing they pulled this young guy out with only his underpants on and marched him, with handcuffs on, across a field, through the cows, put him in the police car and rushed off again."

Inspector Marty Parker said the man was seen driving at 110kmh in an 80kmh area of Te Horo Beach Rd at 4.40pm.

He was pursued on to Sims Rd, where he abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.

Two other police cars joined the pursuit and the man was found a short time later.

Mr Parker believed the man discarded the rest of his clothes to "throw police off the scent".

It was unknown last night what charges would be laid.

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