Suspect found after manhunt

A manhunt following a fleeing-driver incident came to an end yesterday when a man was apprehended in Te Anau.

Police said the man was located about 1pm in Te Anau and would face multiple charges — he is due to appear in the Invercargill District Court today.

Fiordland Community Board chairwoman Sarah Greaney said police notified her and Southland District Councillor Ebel Kremer that the man had been caught.

She said the community would be relieved and, as a result, feel safer.

A man allegedly failed to stop for police during a routine check in east Te Anau on Wednesday morning.

The manhunt that ensued included police, dog units and helicopters as well as the armed offenders squad.

Dusky Ridges farm owners Win and Henrik Priergaard-Petersen said they had been told to leave their Kakapo Rd deer farm yesterday, but had since been told they could return.

Mr Priergaard-Petersen said a neighbour had told them what was going on about 10.30am.

"At one stage in the morning we had noticed a person on our farm that didn’t look like he should be there, but it happened to be a police officer. Our best guard around the farm is our deer because they take very good notice of what’s going on."

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