Alleged offender caught on road

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 12/07/2014

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Rural Southland awoke to an incident involving the armed offenders squad, police and dogs yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill, said police were called to a property on the Thornbury-Waimatuku road near Riverton about 7.45am after reports of a domestic matter involving a heavily intoxicated man with a Taser.

The Taser was not used against anyone, she said.

Two children, aged 10 and 12, were in the house at the time.

A 37-year-old man fled in a car but was caught in a police cordon and arrested.

The man initially headed south along the Thornbury-Waimatuku road before reaching the cordon, doing a U-turn and travelling a short distance north, where he was blocked by more police and members of the armed offenders squad.

Armed police blocked a section of the Thornbury-Waimatuku road during the incident and diverted traffic from the area.

Troy William Fowler, 37, appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday charged with unlawfully possessing a Taser, possessing cannabis, driving with a breath alcohol level of 652mcg, intentionally damaging a motor vehicle, and assaulting female.

He was initially called after the lunch adjournment but police told Judge Michael Turner he was "too intoxicated" to appear before the court.

The judge stood the matter down until 4.45pm, at which time Fowler appeared. He was remanded in custody without plea until July 15.

The incident was the second call-out for the armed offenders squad this week.

A 25-year-old man was charged with threatening grievous bodily harm after allegedly threatening to shoot people on Stewart Island on Tuesday night.

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