Alleged burglar's bad driving catches him out


A burglar has been caught following several complaints from members of the public about his driving.

District road policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace said at about 5:30pm yesterday there were a number of complaints which various police units responded to about a man driving a Subaru in Ngaruawahia.

“Officers came across the car containing four occupants on Great St Rd in Horotiu and attempted to stop it but the driver refused to pull over.

“He tried to get on to SH1/ Mangaharakeke Dr and drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid police but our staff managed to stop the car and then caught the driver after he attempted to flee on foot.”

Police soon realised the 24-year-old forbidden driver was wanted for more than bad driving.

“As they processed him for excess breath alcohol and his failing to stop another complaint was linked to the car he was driving being involved in a collision on the nearby SH23 between Raglan and Hamilton.

“A further complaint linked a near collision with the man’s car being on the wrong side of the road in Ngaruawahia and the burglary of a home on Ngaruawahia’s Waipa Esplanade.

A search of the car ended up in the recovery of a game consol, television and frozen meat taken in the burglary.”

Police say the public’s assistance is highly valuable. "Your eyes and ears can help us reduce crime," Ms Grace said.

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