Date turns into SW crime spree

South Waikato News - - Front Page - MATT SHAND

Four stolen cars, a po­lice chase, four wrecked cars and eight youths fac­ing charges is the cost ticked up by three Auckland boys try­ing to meet a Taupo girl who’d ar­ranged the date on so­cial me­dia.

As if that weren’t enough, the Taupo girl tore off her elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing bracelet and used a stolen car to track them down when they didn’t turn up.

The events started on Satur­day when a po­lice pur­suit of a Honda Ac­cord stolen from Hamil­ton be­gan near Toko­roa.

The pur­suit was aban­doned by po­lice due to the risk to pub­lic safety, Taupo po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Tony Jeuris­sen said.

The car was later seen be­ing driven near the in­ter­sec­tion of Oru­anui Road and SH1, about 20km north Taupo and road spikes were used to stop it. Af­ter hit­ting the road spikes, the car rolled and came to a stop on its roof at the in­ter­sec­tion.

Three Auckland teenagers were not in­jured in the crash and were ar­rested. They were age 15, 14 and 12.’’

Po­lice then found the three had

‘‘She has climbed into the driver's seat of the pa­trol car and driven the car a very short dis­tance.’’

stolen two other cars be­tween Auckland and Hamil­ton as they were ‘‘de­ter­mined to drive to Taupo to meet a young Taupo girl’’ they’d met on so­cial me­dia.

The 16-year-old girl, mean­while, got im­pa­tient when the three boys failed to make the date.

So she re­moved her elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing bracelet on about 8am on Satur­day, spark­ing an­other po­lice search.

‘‘The 16-year-old girl was found by po­lice staff with four other ju­ve­nile males in a stolen ve­hi­cle taken ear­lier from Taupo very close to where the ear­lier stolen ve­hi­cle had crashed,’’ Jeuris­sen said.

‘‘This stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cle, con­tain­ing these five ju­ve­niles, had also crashed.’’

Po­lice, helped by a passing mo­torist, man­aged to cor­ral the five ju­ve­niles near the sec­ond crashed mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

But while they waited for as­sis­tance to ar­rive, the 16 year old girl made an es­cape at­tempt in the po­lice car she was de­tained in.

‘‘She has climbed into the driver’s seat of the pa­trol car and driven the car a very short dis­tance and crashed into the side of the car be­long­ing to the mem­ber of pub­lic who was as­sist­ing po­lice,’’ Jeuris­sen said.

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