Dragged woman wanted by police

Last updated 13:32 02/10/2013

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A warrant for breach of community work has been issued for the woman whose ordeal being dragged behind a car at high speed shocked the country in May.

Rotorua District Court confirmed it had issued a warrant for Ana Eriepa, and said she had now arranged to make a voluntary appearance tomorrow.

Senior Sergeant Karl Konlechner  said the warrant must have been issued for some administrative reason.

"It's not like she's hard to find."

Police knew where she lived and were in regular contact with Eriepa following the dragging incident.

"I spoke to her as recently as Monday, just over some other issues," Konlechner said.

Eriepa, a Rotorua mother of eight, suffered multiple injuries including having her left leg amputated below the knee and a grazed torso from the surface of the road.

Friction with the road left her with third degree burns over her back after her foot became entangled against the towbar of her own car and she was dragged at speeds of up to 100kmh.

Her boyfriend, Sonny Waiti, admitted a charge of kidnapping.

Eriepa said she would stand by him, and blamed herself for what happened.

Waiti and Eriepa went to a property outside of Rotorua when, high on drugs he threw her into the boot of the car and drove off.

She pleaded with the ranting Waiti until he slowed down and she took the chance to open the boot and escape.

But her foot became wedged between the towball and the bumper and Waiti took off again with Eriepa being dragged behind.

She was helpless and for more than 1.5km she was dragged along the road, leaving a bloody stain behind her as stones in the rough chip surface ground down her skin, flesh and bone.

She faces two years of rehabilitation - a prosthetic foot and a series of skin grafts - and is on a cocktail of prescription drugs.

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