Van rammed, then rolled over

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRE CHUMKO

When Lisa Mul­li­gan of­fered refuge in­side her van to a woman in dis­tress, she did not ex­pect it to be rammed sev­eral times by the woman’s ‘‘crazy [boyfriend]’’.

About 6.10am on Mon­day, Mul­li­gan, a vine­yard del­e­gate, said it was a ‘‘nor­mal work morn­ing’’ as she and her col­leagues waited for an­other worker in­side her white van on Here­taunga St West in Hast­ings.

How­ever, things changed when a woman ‘‘scared for her life’’ ap­proached them seek­ing safety.

‘‘We ar­rived a lit­tle early and she just jumped in the van and asked for help to take her to [the] po­lice sta­tion be­cause she was scared,’’ she said.

Mul­li­gan said she then drove off. How­ever, a man, un­der­stood to be the dis­tressed woman’s part­ner, then be­gan fol­low­ing Mul­li­gan’s ve­hi­cle.

‘‘I drove off and when he was be­hind us I tried to over­take a truck to get away and he got be­hind us, and ev­ery­thing was a blur af­ter that once he started ram­ming.’’

The van, which had six pas­sen­gers in it at the time, is said to have been rammed about 11 times by the man.

At one point, the ram­ming was so se­vere, the van was top­pled onto its side.

‘‘At the end I jumped out of my seat to [the] pas­sen­gers’ side, he came to my door with his scary eyes and ev­ery­one told him po­lice [were] com­ing.

‘‘He jumped in his car and sped off, we then parked in [the] ra­dio sta­tion carpark and two peo­ple are cur­rently ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and cou­ple of us are be­ing looked at as we speak,’’ Mul­li­gan said.

Four of the van’s oc­cu­pants were in­jured.

Po­lice said they were look­ing for Hast­ings man RaquadaCharles Ed­wards in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Mul­li­gan said she just did what ‘‘I would ex­pect some­one to do with me if I was try­ing to es­cape a crazy [boyfriend].’’

LISA MUL­LI­GAN

Lisa Mul­li­gan’s van was rammed in an in­ci­dent in Hast­ings on Mon­day.

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