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

 


Man arrested after five hour standoff

Man arrested after five hour standoff

A 38 year old man has been arrested and is currently being interviewed by Police in Greymouth following an incident yesterday afternoon in which two female tourists were found on the side of the road at Franz Josef with serious injuries about 4pm.

Tasman District Commander Superintendent Richard Chambers said the women had been hitchhiking and said they had been picked up at Whataroa earlier afternoon by a man driving a blue Nissan Terrano.

He said police were yet to establish exactly what happened in the vehicle that resulted in one of the women suffering pelvic injuries and the other receiving three knife wounds to the neck.

Police immediately saturated the surrounding areas with all available staff and road blocks were put in place on State Highway 6 to try and locate the vehicle. A helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft were also deployed.

A Police patrol located the vehicle south of Fox Glacier near Sugar Loaf Road shortly before 8.30pm. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.

The fleeing driver came across a road block at Paringa and turned and headed north again.

A further road block was established at Karangarua River, 25km south of Fox Glacier, to prevent the driver entering a built up area and that stopped the vehicle about 9.50pm. At that point the pursuit had lasted one and a half hours.

Armed staff surrounded the vehicle and began negotiating with the man. Meanwhile Armed Offenders Squad members from Tasman District, Dunedin and Christchurch were flown to the area by helicopter to assist.

The standoff lasted more than five hours before the man was overpowered about 3am and taken into custody.

A 28 year old German woman and a 27 year old woman of Japanese and Dutch origin are both in Grey Base Hospital where their conditions are stable. They are both recovering well and talking with Police.

Superintendent Chambers said Police were very grateful for the assistance they received from members of the public during the incident, providing information on sightings of the vehicle.

He also acknowledged the assistance given to Tasman District by Police from Dunedin and Christchurch.

"It's been a long night for everyone involved, but the Police staff who responded did a very professional job and as a result we had matter resolved as quickly as possible," he said.

end

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis.

The victim’s families and the victim have requested that their privacy be respected and will not be making a statement at this time.

Police have formed a picture of what has occurred yesterday and are appealing for further information and sightings .... More

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news