Police tackle 'drug runner'
A man trying to flee police with a stash of methamphetamine and cannabis oil was taken down by "good solid police work".
Senior Constable Graeme Butter chased and tackled the 31-year-old Christchurch man after he crashed into the Lindis Bridge on State Highway 8 on Monday morning.
Sergeant Simon Paget, of Cromwell police, said the man was clocked driving at 120kmh by a stationary highway patrol officer.
"He was signalled to stop and at the point he acceleraated at speed. He carried on out of sight and the officer tried to catch up. He came around the corner just in time to see him crashing."
The driver took about 40 metres out of the barrier of the single lane bridge that sits on a tight corner about 20km out of Cromwell.
"Police were there quite quickly and he was told he was under arrest and he has tried to grab the drugs and paraphernalia and make a run for it."
The senior constable chased the man about 500 metres before managing to tackle him to the ground, Mr Paget said. The man was found with half a gram of methamphetamine, one cap of cannabis oil, a pipe and two hunting knives.
He will appear in the Alexandra District Court charged with failing to stop, escaping custody, reckless driving, possessing class A and B drugs/utensils and possession of an offensive weapon.
In a separate incident on October 18, a Cromwell highway patrol officer intercepted a stolen vehicle travelling on State Highway 6, in the Kawarau Gorge.
The vehicle was stolen from Christchurch the night before and had since been returned to its owner, Mr Paget said.
A 38-year-old Christchurch man appeared in the Alexandra District Court and was remanded in custody.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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