Man arrested after alleged alcohol-fuelled rampage
A man is in police custody following an alleged drunken rampage which saw multiple vehicles rammed and police shooting at the tyres of the alleged suspect vehicle.
The whole incident unfolded when police were called to a family harm job on Morrinsville around 1am.
Acting Waikato district commander Inspector Andrew Mortimore says a man had reportedly been drinking or some hours and was threatening to drive.
When police arrived at the address, Andrew says the man rammed the police car with his own vehicle.
“He made an implied threat to injure Police staff with a spade and a knife, before driving off towards Morrinsville township.
“When at the police station, the man rammed the station gates and multiple Police vehicles, as well as vehicles on the street belonging to members of the public.”
The Police Eagle helicopter was called to assist in locating the man, before the vehicle was seen at the Z station in Morrinsville, where the man rammed another police car.
On Tahuna Road, the man rammed a police dog vehicle at speed, says Andrew.
“An officer fired one shot towards the vehicle, hitting the tyre, before the man left the area.
“With the assistance of the Eagle helicopter, the man was tracked to Top Road in Tahuna, where he was arrested without further incident around 3.20am.”
Andrew says the Independent Police Conduct Authority is being notified, as is standard practice.
“It’s very fortunate that no police staff or members of our community were hurt during this incident.
“It is a reminder to our staff, and to members of the public, that any event Police attend can quickly escalate.
“The man is expected to appear in Hamilton District Court today, and charges are yet to be confirmed.”