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 f...ing 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.