Man's run from law ends with broken ankles

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Last updated 11:44 26/02/2014
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LOCATED: Police had been hunting James Arthur Matthew William Brown, 47, after he allegedly assaulted his partner and claimed to have a gun in Cumnor Tce, Woolston.

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Fugitive James Brown's efforts to evade police ended when he was run over by a car, a close friend says.

Now he's in hospital with serious injuries to his legs.

Brown, 47, had been on the run after he allegedly assaulted his partner and claimed to have a gun in Cumnor Tce, Woolston, on Febuary 13.

He was found in Christchurch Hospital last week and police are now trying to piece together how he ended up there.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said this morning he was not prepared to comment while an investigation was underway. 

However, a friend of Brown's told The Press he was in hospital with two broken ankles after he was run over by a car driven by associates of his partner. The incident happened near Bealey Ave, the woman said.

Police said Brown was wanted in connection with domestic incidents at two separate homes in Woolston a fortnight ago. Nobody was injured in the incidents.

The manhunt for Brown included raids by the armed offenders squad and appeals to the public for information. The Press has previously reported that two musicians wearing costumes were detained as police searched for the fugitive who was reported to be in disguise.

Brown was yet to be arrested or charged in relation to any of the incidents, police said this morning.

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