Members of public nab alleged tomahawk offender

A suspended driver allegedly smashed car windows and threatened someone with a tomahawk before crashing a car and fleeing, only to be caught by members of the public yesterday.

The 32-year-old man turned up at a Mosgiel address about 4.30pm, where he allegedly smashed windows on two vehicles before "waving a tomahawk axe above his head at one of the victims, causing him to believe he would hit him", Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said.

The man then took off at speed in a car and failed to give way at the intersection of Hazlett Rd and Dukes Rd North.

"He crashed in to a fence on the other side of Dukes Rd and drove in to a grass area. He attempted to drive back out and couldn't."

The man then ran from the scene and was apprehended by members of the public and held until police arrived.

The man, who has bail conditions not to drive and is a suspended driver, was breath tested for alcohol, returning a result of 342mcg, Snr Sgt Bond said.

He was due in court this morning on a range of charges, including careless driving, wilful damage, and possession of an offensive weapon.  

Following the crash yesterday, officers were seen removing the tomahawk from the bonnet of the crashed car.

Six police cars, including dog handlers, were at the scene.

 - ODT Online

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