Driver hits pole, house in bid to elude po­lice

Waikato Times - - News -

A man in a stolen car crashed into a pole, then a house, as he tried to evade po­lice. He ran off, but was caught try­ing to break into a Hamil­ton home. The string of crimes started around

1.20am on Satur­day, when po­lice saw a Mazda Atenza with no head­lights on, speed­ing down Hukanui Rd in Chartwell. It was a stolen ve­hi­cle, Se­nior Sergeant Tina Shaw said. ‘‘The ve­hi­cle crashed into a light pole on the cor­ner of Hukanui and Bankwood roads, but then sped off again,’’ she said. Po­lice aban­doned the pur­suit, but within five min­utes were called to Sefton Cres. The car had hit a house – caus­ing very mi­nor dam­age – and the driver had run off. ‘‘[He] was soon lo­cated when he tried to force his way into a home,’’ Shaw said. The

27-year-old Hamil­ton man had in­juries from a glass door he had tried to get through, so po­lice took him to hos­pi­tal. How­ever, he would face sev­eral traf­fic-re­lated charges, Shaw said. In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, ear­lier in the evening, po­lice ar­rested a 33-year-old man from the Far North. Road spikes were used in the pur­suit of a ve­hi­cle first seen speed­ing on Mitcham Ave in For­est Lake around 11.30pm on Fri­day. The spikes slowed the Toy­ota Cel­ica, and it even­tu­ally stopped. The driver was ar­rested around 11.50pm, and would be fac­ing charges, in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ing and ex­cess breath al­co­hol, Shaw said. And, in a third in­ci­dent, po­lice found a Mazda Fa­milia that had been re­ported stolen, and two teenagers break­ing into an­other car nearby. Re­ports of a stolen Fa­milia in Ro­to­tuna North came in just be­fore mid­night on Fri­day, Shaw said. Po­lice found the stolen car, and two 16-year-old males break­ing into a nearby ve­hi­cle.

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