Cou­ple see own car in pur­suit


Two Porirua pen­sion­ers watched in amaze­ment as their own car came scream­ing down the street with po­lice in hot pur­suit.

‘‘That’s my car,’’ Pauline Sut­cliffe yelled at po­lice as their Mit­subishi Pa­jero came rac­ing down Corinna St in Wai­tan­girua on Satur­day.

‘‘I was an­gry. I only swear when I get an­gry,’’ she said last week.

Pauline, 64, and hus­band David, 65, were walk­ing round to their me­chanic’s home nearby to pick up the el­derly Pa­jero when they saw it take off sud­denly, and po­lice of­fi­cers scram­bled into their cars to pur­sue it.

David Sut­cliffe said he didn’t know the old au­to­matic could go that fast.

‘‘We didn’t see the man get in, but we heard the noise.

‘‘I thought it can’t be mine, I’ve never heard it go like that; never seen the smoke and stuff ... We drive like pen­sion­ers.

‘‘The car re­ally took off. I was stunned at first be­cause of the speed of it.

‘‘It took a minute to sink in, then [the car] was gone.’’

About half an hour later, a friend told them the ve­hi­cle was sur­rounded by po­lice, ly­ing on its side against a fence not far from Rangikura School at As­cot Park.

A po­lice­woman, who told them she had chased the Pa­jero, said it had come close to a ma­jor crash, and it was lucky no­body was killed, the cou­ple said.

They kept noth­ing of value in the unin­sured car, and have since been mak­ing use of their se­nior cit­i­zens’ Su­perGold cards to take the bus.

Porirua res­i­dent Manuel Re­nata Te Kura Tawhai, 26, ap­peared briefly in Porirua Dis- trict Court last Mon­day morn­ing ac­cused of dis­hon­estly tak­ing the cou­ple’s $4000 Mit­subishi Pa­jero and op­er­at­ing it reck­lessly.

He en­tered no plea and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til later this month.


David and Pauline Sut­cliffe were shocked to see their car scream past them on Satur­day af­ter­noon. David said he didn’t know it could go that fast.

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