Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Hutt Valley Police arrest two men in stolen vehicle

Hutt Valley Police arrest two men in stolen vehicle

Just before 3.00am this morning, Lower Hutt Police attempted to stop a vehicle they recognised as having been reported stolen the previous day.

Acting Hutt Valley Area Commander, Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Borrell, says "The vehicle was initially stopped in a residential street of Wainuiomata.

"As Police officers approached the vehicle, it has accelerated away towards the Wainuiomata Hill Road.

"Near Wainuiomata Hill, road spikes were successfully deployed which significantly reduced the vehicle's speed to between 20 and 40 Km/h"

Police vehicles were able to surround the car and bring it safely to a stop.

Three Police officers have made an approach to the vehicle in an attempt to arrest the driver.

The driver of the stolen vehicle has then tried to escape by deliberately ramming Police vehicles and shunting one out of the way.

Three Police officers have been swiped by the escaping vehicle with one officer receiving some bruising to his leg.

The vehicle has continued at the reduced speed before being safely forced from the road in Lower Hutt.

The two male occupants were then arrested.

Detective Senior Sergeant Borrell says "It was clear that the driver of this stolen vehicle was motivated to escape and presented a risk to the community. I'm pleased that we were able to safely contain and apprehend him without presenting any further risk of harm to the public".

The driver of the stolen car was a 23-year-old man from Wainuiomata who was on bail for two serious assault charges.

He appeared in Lower Hutt District Court today facing numerous charges relating to this incident and has been remanded in custody until the end of January.

A number of Police vehicles were damaged by the offender ranging from minor damage to one police vehicle now being out of service with substantial damage.

The stolen car was completely wrecked and is undrivable.

Mr Borrell added "As with all serious incidents of this nature, we will be debriefing our staff involved and reviewing our actions to ensure that they met with our policy, practice and procedures".


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



1080 Threat: Police Arrest 60 Year Old Auckland Man

New Zealand Police have arrested a 60-year-old Auckland businessman in relation to the criminal blackmail threat to poison infant formula with 1080, made public in March this year. More>>


Canterbury Transition Bill First Reading: Government Hiding From ECan Submissions

The Government has radically reduced the amount of time for public submissions on their controversial ECan bill, says Labour’s Environment spokesperson Megan Woods... “Their shortened timeline could mean that instead of the usual six weeks, Cantabrians get just one week to submit their views on the bill." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Our Apparent Inability To Stand Up To Australia

Alas, and only days before the first meeting between our Prime Minister John Key and the new Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull, this country is showing no sign of standing up for itself. Quite the reverse. We seem to be rolling over, and making gestures of appeasement. More>>


Health Not-So-Many Benefits: Auditor-General On Scrapped Cost-Saving Plan

The Auditor-General decided to look into the costs and benefits of HBL’s work in the health sector and, where possible, identify lessons... We found that several factors contributed to the difficulties that befell HBL and, in particular, the Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain (FPSC) programme. More>>


Wikileaks: TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Released

“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.” More>>


Redundancies: 120 Laws To Be Repealed

The Statutes Repeal Bill will remove 120 pieces of superfluous legislation, and parts of eight other acts. It is being consulted on before it is introduced to Parliament. “The proposed Bill would reduce the total number of public Acts in force by more than 10%,” Mr Joyce says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On John Key’s Trip To Iraq

In the embedded press coverage on this trip, the absence so far of any evaluation of the wider context of what New Zealand thinks it is doing at Camp Taji has been striking. More>>


Labour: Parata Puts Brakes On Charter School Appraisal

“When the Ministry of Education recommended they compare the achievements of children at charter schools to those of their counterparts at state schools, the documents show Hekia Parata specifically prohibited them from doing so." More>>


Bad Day For Universities: Gun, Bomb Threats On Three Campuses

Dunedin Police are continuing their investigation into the threat made against the University of Otago. Staff are following a number of lines of inquiry, and police are working to verify the authenticity and source of the post. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news