A well-known criminal was tackled by police after purchasing a tinny from a passing car - all in full view of New Plymouth's police station.
An off-duty female police officer spotted the deal going down on Thursday and collared Andre Schouten on the footpath.
From the dock in the New Plymouth District Court today, Schouten told Judge Allan Roberts he shoved the female officer away and with that two very large police officers leaped out of the station and grabbed him.
''It was a classic rugby league tackle,'' Schouten said. ''One at the top and one at the bottom. Boof. It was funny,'' he said.
''You had to be there.''
Judge Roberts convicted Schouten on an admitted charge of possession of cannabis and discharged him.
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