A police officer was pinned against a fence by a car while investigating an alleged caravan theft ring in Ngaruawahia.
The police are now on the hunt for the man behind the wheel.
The incident comes just days after an Auckland officer was kicked and beaten unconscious while on the job.
Hamilton police swooped on a Solomon Dr property this morning (Monday) in search of a $80,000 stolen caravan taken from Nawton business Andrew Fink Marine Caravans and Motor Homes a month ago.
The tip off came after another burglary took place at the business on Sunday night with yet another brand new caravan being taken.
Police believe a stolen Ford Ranger was used to tow away the mobile home.
Police investigating the incident, along with another burglary involving a stolen trailer in Te Rapa, followed leads to the Ngaruawahia property.
''As they were driving down the drive they saw the caravan parked in beside the house,'' Detective Sergeant Neville Ross said.
A 40-year-old man, who is now on the run from police, arrived at the property while police officers were there.
Mr Ross said the longer the man was there the more agitated he got.
''While being questioned the man has become aggressive towards the officers and an altercation developed during which time pepper spray has been used in an attempt to subdue him,'' Mr Ross said.
But the spray was ineffective and police retreated from the house while the man returned to his vehicle.
''He tried to take off in the car. We tried to stop the car and an officer was then jammed between the fence and the car when it was [reversing to leave]. The door of the car was basically ripped off,'' Mr Ross said.
He said the suffered minor arm and leg injuries and was assessed at a medical centre.
Another person at the property, who tried to assist the fleeing man, was arrested.
Other family members, not at the house when police arrived, were assisting with police enquiries.
Residents of the relatively new subdivision said nothing like this had happened in their neighbourhood before.
One neighbour said all the families got on and it was a family-orientated street.
''You think you know your neighbours but I suppose there's the good and bad no matter where you go,'' one said.
Mr Ross urged people to call them if they noticed anything suspicious.
''If someone sees a brand new caravan in their neighbour's backyard and it has no plates on it they should tell us about it,'' Mr Ross said.
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