A Napier police constable stripped to his underwear to
inspect a stolen vehicle spotted submerged in the Ahuriri
Constable Mel Hunter had the dubious honours of Speedo Cop
for the day as he waded out to check the car in his underwear
Acting Sergeant Kevin Dolbel said police arrived at the
estuary before 9am to find the "stolen dumped car".
"The vehicle had been stolen on October 6," he said.
"There had been some obvious damage and we found a big brick
on the accelerator.
"We made sure our constable was in his good undies for that
one," said Mr Dolbel.
Hawke's Bay Regional Council environmental officer Ian
Lilburn was on his way to work when he noticed the partially
submerged vehicle near the Westshore Sea Scouts before
"I was coming across the Pandora Rd bridge, just looking
around as I usually do on my way to work, when I saw
something in the water sticking out," Mr Lilburn said.
"When I first drove by you always think 'is there someone in
As an environmental officer, Mr Lilburn said he was delighted
that the vehicle was towed out of the water quickly before
the oil in the engine could cause any harm.
- By Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today