A naked man was arrested on the banks of the Ngaruroro River
in the early hours of Saturday morning after a police pursuit
of a stolen car.
Police used road spikes on the vehicle at about 1am on
Saturday morning and it came to a halt on the Fern Hill side
of the Ngaruroro River bridge on State Highway 50.
Senior Sergeant Ross Smith said the three occupants ran off
on foot, with two jumping into the river in an unsuccessful
attempt to evade capture.
Tracking dogs were deployed and the two swimmers located, one
Both were taken to hospital with mild hypothermia.
The men were due to appear in Hastings District Court today
and police were following good lines of enquiry on the third
Mr Smith said only the naked swimmer could answer why he
removed his clothes.
"I presume it is because he has dived into the river and
didn't want to drown," he said.
- Patrick O'Sullivan of the Hawke's Bay Today