A man was watching the end of an international cricket match
in his lounge when a police pursuit came to a dramatic end
outside his doorstep.
The driver of the car has since been charged with eight
offences, including the alleged assault of a police dog and
The Bay of Plenty man and his family, who did not want to be
identified, were relaxing at home down the end of a quiet
Apata cul-de-sac about 9pm on Wednesday when a car "came
screaming up the driveway", followed by two police cars.
The man said when he went to see who had arrived, the driver
tried to turn around in the driveway, crashed into their
fence and edge of the home's front deck.
From the same deck yesterday, the man described how the car
"went flying" around the corner of the house in attempt to
"He obviously didn't know where he was going," the man said.
"He's reversed backwards and by that time the two police cars
had stopped in that part of the driveway.
"Police said 'stay in your car' and the door flew open, he
ran straight across the deck and over that [railing] and down
The man said that although the initial drama only lasted
about 10 seconds, he missed the end of the Black Caps' loss
to England in the second ODI.
Tauranga's police dog unit was called and tracked the driver
a kilometre away in a Pahoia Rd avocado orchard.
Senior Sergeant Carl Purcell said the car had been reported
stolen and had been picked up by police in Mount Maunganui
about an hour earlier.
However, the driver failed to stop for police and lead them
on a pursuit from Mount Maunganui to Greerton before the
chase was called off.
The same car was later picked up by police on State Highway 2
at Te Puna, where it was followed to Apata.
In the driver's attempt to flee police on foot, he allegedly
assaulted the police dog that caught him and its handler
before backup arrived to arrest him.
"He got bitten and even when he was being held by the dog he
was still trying to throw punches and kicks," Mr Purcell
An 18-year-old male was charged with two counts of wilful
damage, reckless driving, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle,
failing to stop for police, assaults of police, resisting
arrest and possession of a utensil used for methamphetamine.