Petrol drive-off car followed by police but failed to stop

A Dunedin man did a petrol drive off, failed to stop for police, and then went immediately home where he was arrested by police, police say.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said about 9.30am on Thursday morning a 39-year-old male did a petrol drive off at the Z Station in Kaikorai Valley Rd.

Driving past in a marked car, police saw the man leaving the petrol station, and although the officer did not know the man had just done the alleged petrol drive-off, they recognised the man as he was driving.

He was known to police and the officer attempted to stop him.

The driver failed to stop, Snr Sgt Bond said.

"We didn’t pursue, but obviously had the registration plates and was able to identify the registered owner’s home address, which was nearby there," he said.

When police arrived at the address, the man was getting out of his car in the driveway.

He was arrested for failing to stop, breaching bail conditions, and had also been charged with the petrol drive off, Snr Sgt Bond said.

 

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