Man steals police car after crash
A male passenger involved in a car crash today allegedly stole a marked police car while officers hunted for his driver.
Police were called to the crash on Mahoe St, Hamilton about 7.15am.
"The car had propelled through some stay wires of a large power pole before crashing into some bushes at the front of a Mahoe St property and rolling down the driveway," said Inspector Paul Carpenter, Waikato prevention manager.
The female driver fled the scene and was later found in a bed in a bedroom in a house on the opposite side of the road. She was known to the occupants but had not been invited into the house. When breath tested she blew 870 micrograms - the legal limit is 400mgms.
But while police were searching for her, a passenger who had been in the crashed car snuck into the officers' marked patrol car and drove off.
The police car was found undamaged by police 20 minutes later abandoned at Lake Rotoroa, but had no firearms or a Taser inside it.
Carpenter said a review would take place to determine how the man gained access to the patrol car.
"Investigators are meanwhile following lines of inquiry into identifying and locating the offender who took the patrol car."
The drink driver has been charged with dangerous driving and excess breath alcohol, for a third and subsequent offence.
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