A driver stopped by police in Hamilton tried to get away by ramming a police car, then smashed into a house.
Shortly before 2am officers in a police patrol car pulled over a Ford Falcon in a routine stop on Wairere Dr, Hamilton City Area Commander, Inspector Greg Nicholls said.
"The driver of the Ford has pulled to the left and stopped his car but as an officer got out of the patrol car to speak to him, the driver has extinguished his lights and suddenly reversed into the front and on to the bonnet of the police car before fleeing the scene at speed."
The damaged patrol car followed the fleeing driver who failed to take an intersection at the Bankwood Rd intersection with Clarkin Rd and crashed down on to one property, smashing through a wooden fence and a neighbouring carport.
"Because the properties lie below the road the car landed on top of a car parked in the carport before smashing into a house. The offending driver hasn't stopped to account for his actions though; instead he has fled the scene on foot," Nicholls said
"He wasn't at large for long however as about 20 minutes later a member of our staff manning a cordon noticed the offender and arrested him, just as some of his associates arrived to try and spirit him away."
The selfish actions actions of the 29-year-old man had disrupted the lives of two families, Nicholls said.
One family who woke to find their fence demolished, while their neighbours had a damaged carport, written off car and damage to their home.
"Though shaken the occupants of both properties hadn't lost their sense of humour as they praised police for apprehending the offender and remarked over a cup of tea that this was the first time they had met," Nicholls said.
A man would appear in Hamilton District Court today on assault with a weapon, reckless and dangerous driving, disqualified driving and failing to stop charges.