Taser fails in arrest attempt

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 09:00 29/03/2014

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Police were forced set up road spikes and use pepper spray and a Taser on a wanted Palmerston North man after he refused to come out of a locked car.

Palmerston North Inspector Brett Calkin said police were called to Sherriffs Rd, on the outskirts of the city, shortly after midnight yesterday, when a member of the public reported a suspicious car.

When police arrived they discovered the car plates did not match the vehicle, and the slumbering man inside was recognised as Palmerston North man Samuel Badawi, 24, who was wanted by police.

The officers called for armed backup, and then set up road spikes under the vehicle's tyres, and at the entrance of the road, while Badawi slept on.

Police woke him, then attempted to arrest him, but he had locked the doors and refused to get out.

Officers smashed a window and attempted to pepper spray and Taser him.

Calkin said the Taser did not appear to have any effect, as it was believed only one probe entered him.

He started the car and drove away, running over two sets of road spikes and allegedly ramming a police car as he fled.

Police lost sight of the car, but were called to another suspicious vehicle in Raleigh St, Awapuni, at 1.26am.

The vehicle had already moved on, but they found the car from Sherriffs Rd, without its occupant, crashed into a fence.

Subsequent investigations found the car from the second call in Dampier Ave, with a woman inside.

As police approached, they saw a man lie down in the back seat, Calkin said.

Badawi was arrested and police say they found a firearm and drug paraphernalia in the back of the car.

Calkin said Badawi already had two warrants out for his arrest.

He suffered minor injuries from his arrest and was treated by a police doctor.

The woman in the second vehicle was spoken to by police and released without charge.

Badawi appeared in the Palmerston North District Court before a Justice of the Peace yesterday on multiple charges, including unlawful possession of a pistol, dangerous driving, breach of a protection order and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

He entered no plea and was remanded in custody to reappear in April.

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- Manawatu Standard

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