Stream di­ver­sion fails

Waikato Times - - News -

A sus­pected drunk driver tried to avoid be­ing caught by po­lice by jump­ing into a stream af­ter aban­don­ing his car. As the teenager ap­proached a breath test­ing check­point in New Ply­mouth on Fri­day night, he swerved to the side of the road, mounted the foot­path and crashed his mother’s car into a lamp post, Sergeant Pat Duffy said. ‘‘As po­lice ap­proached, the driver ran off into the bush, aban­don­ing his pas­sen­ger, and jumped into the nearby Hu­a­toki Stream, sub­merg­ing him­self under the wa­ter in an at­tempt to hide,’’ Duffy said. The al­leged of­fender didn’t last long in the wa­ter and was soon in cus­tody af­ter po­lice no­ticed his cap float­ing down­stream. ‘‘It was some­what dra­matic and in the end, com­pletely point­less,’’ Duffy said. ‘‘A dam­aged car, now no in­sur­ance, a po­ten­tial dose of hy­pother­mia, his sub­merged cell­phone, and for what? It was a se­ries of dumb choices be­cause of al­co­hol.’’ The teenager is due to ap­pear in the New Ply­mouth District Court on May 10 fac­ing al­co­hol and driv­ing charges.

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