Car thief attempts swim to freedom


A teenage boy had two Auckland police officers swimming after him in a short-lived chase that turned aquatic this morning.

The youth was reported by members of the public to be driving erratically about 10.30am in the Ellerslie and Panmure area, speeding and weaving in and out of lanes, Inspector Ian Brooker said.

Police checks revealed the car was stolen and a helicopter and officers followed him for 15 minutes although a pursuit was never initiated.

When the offender realised he was being watched he ditched the car, a Mazda station wagon, at the Tamaki estuary near Mt Wellington and attempted to swim across the waterways.

Two Counties Manukau police officers went in after him and a police spokeswoman said the offender was caught very quickly although the policemen had returned to the station “pretty stinky”.


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