Tauranga pursuit ends in man’s arrest

Police were seen rushing to the marae on Waimapu Pa Road around 10pm on Sunday. Video: Cameron Avery.

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A police pursuit through Tauranga ended with a man being arrested after officers were threatened by members of the public.

A pursuit was initiated when a driver failed to stop on Cameron Road on Sunday night.

Police followed the driver down Cameron Road and State Highway 29 to Waimapu Pa Road, says a police spokesperson.

“The vehicle stopped at Waimapu Pa Road marae carpark, where one person was taken into custody.

“There was a large crowd at the marae, some of whom became agitated and threatened Police.

“Officers presented tasers and pepper spray and were able to leave with the offender without incident.”

A 25-year-old man will be charged with reckless driving, resisting police, driving whilst forbidden, and possession of methamphetamine, says police.

He is due to appear in Tauranga District Court at a later date.


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