The stolen car involved in the chase.
A Dunedin man was pepper-sprayed and tasered by police
after allegedly assaulting officers following an early morning
pursuit through the city in a stolen vehicle.
Police were called to Nairn St, Kaikorai, at 1.45am after it
was reported a commercial van was being broken into, Southern
deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Craig Brown, of
The alleged offender was caught in the van by a resident, who
''has allegedly been punched for his troubles''.
The man fled, but 10 minutes later a police patrol spotted a
Holden Commodore, reported stolen from Nairn St, minutes
after the initial assault call, in Taieri Rd, he said. The
Holden had also hit a parked car in Nairn St.
''Attempts were made to stop it, but the vehicle failed to
stop and a pursuit began.''
The car then turned into Dalziel Rd, with the pursuit going
down Mt Grand Rd, Townleys Rd, Kaikorai Valley Rd, before
ending on the Southern Motorway. The six-minute pursuit ended
when the stolen vehicle collided with a concrete median
Snr Sgt Brown said the male driver resisted the two officers.
Pepper-spray and a Taser were used before he was taken into
The man recorded a breath-alcohol level of 764mcg. The legal
limit is 400mcgSnr Sgt Brown praised those who contacted the
''This helps us respond in the best possible way.''
The man who was assaulted, the officers and the alleged
offender received only minor or no injuries.
- A 21-year-old unemployed man appeared later in Dunedin
District Court on several charges - unlawfully taking a
vehicle, unlawfully interfering with a vehicle, common
assault, assaulting police, resisting police, drink-driving,
failing to stop for police, failing to stop after a
non-injury accident, and driving a vehicle in a dangerous
manner. He was declined bail and remanded in custody without
plea until March 18.