Smile wiped off suspect's face

One of the suspects of an alleged crime spree in Queenstown last night
One of the suspects of an alleged crime spree in Queenstown last night

A policeman has been caught on camera accusing an alleged car-jacker of having "a big smile" on his face as his partner-in-crime tried to run the officer over.

Two men were arrested last night after an armed robbery, car-jacking and high-speed police chase.

The pair allegedly robbed a Henry's Bottle Store in Queenstown at knife-point just before 7pm, stealing cash and fleeing the scene in a stolen BMW.

After a short pursuit the car crashed, and the first of the offenders was arrested.

"You had a big smile on your face when you just about run me over," the officer is heard telling the suspect, who was wearing glasses, a grey hoodie and a backpack.

"I wasn't driving, sir," the suspect, his hands cuffed behind his back, protests.

"No, I didn't say that," the officer replies, "but you had a big smile on your face. Bit of a joke, was it? Running a cop over?"

"No," the young man pleads. "I didn't know what his intentions were."

The second offender fled into the bush, but was found once a helicopter and police dog were brought in.

"I'm being honest with you – all I've got is the cash that I got handed by him," the first man arrested tells the officer.

"How come you didn't give up when you did a runner from the car?" the officer asks. "We had a chopper up in the air, we had dogs coming from Invercargill."

Both men, aged 17 and 24,  are now in custody and will appear in Queenstown District Court this morning.

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