A wanted man swam out to sea in an attempt to evade police overnight but a ''long while later'' he was all washed up and arrested.
The incident began when officers found a red Holden Commodore that was stolen from a Hamilton property at a Hinemoa Rd address at Waihi Beach, shift manager, Senior Sergeant Pete Van De Wetering, said.
"A 35-year-old man linked to the car was seen nearby but, seeking to avoid arrest, he fled to the beach and tried to swim out to sea, throwing a radio scanner into the water in the process,'' Mr Van De Wetering said.
"Given the tide was going out he found it a bit difficult to get away and after quite a long while in the water eventually came ashore to be met by waiting police officers."
The man's attempt at escape may sound amusing, yet items found in the car were no laughing matter.
A search of the car resulted in the recovery of a loaded double barrelled shotgun and a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine was found on his person, Mr Van De Wetering said.
The man was also wanted on three warrants to arrest.
"Unfortunately last night's incident further reinforces the link between the manufacture and sale of unlawful drugs and the trade in illegal firearms and highlights the risks posed to the public and police by those involved in such activity."
Mr Van De Wetering said the man was charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, ammunition and methamphetamine and for the outstanding arrest warrants relating to breach of release conditions.
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