Trailer too hot to han­dle

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A trailer that was stolen from The Ware­house car park in Kaitaia last week, and was spot­ted by po­lice the next day, was re­turned to the Kaitaia po­lice sta­tion on Sun­day.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle that de­liv­ered it wasted no time in un­hook­ing it, a po­lice spokesman said, but was not fast enough to es­cape at­ten­tion. A Ngataki man was now about to help po­lice with their in­quiry.

The $2800 trailer was un­hooked from the ve­hi­cle it was at­tached to on Wed­nes­day, un­der the gaze of a CCTV cam­era, and the fol­low­ing day was spot­ted by a po­lice pa­trol in the Unahi area. A pur­suit en­sued, the po­lice fol­low­ing sev­eral hun­dred me­tres be­hind be­cause of the driver’s speed and man­ner of driv­ing as he headed for Waipa­pakauri Ramp, where headed north on the beach.

The of­fi­cer was un­able to fol­low and an ex­ten­sive search for the wanted ve­hi­cle within Te Hiku For­est was un­suc­cess­ful.

“Some­one ob­vi­ously got the mes­sage though, be­cause to the trailer was de­liv­ered here on Sun­day,” the spokesman added.

The al­leged of­fender, who was to be in­ter­viewed to­mor­row, would likely face charges in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

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