Briefly: Fleeing car crashes; Assault arrest

Fleeing car crashes

A Whangarei man has been arrested after police say he fled from a patrol car, crashed into a stream and left his injured female passenger in the car while he ran off. Sergeant John Larkin said police tried to stop a car on Vine St about 2.40am on Saturday, but the driver allegedly took off, reaching speeds of up to 120km/h, up Maunu Rd. As the man tried to turn into Silverstream Rd he lost control of the vehicle which left the road and crashed into the stream. Mr Larkin said the man then ran off, leaving a woman in the passenger seat with suspected neck injuries. He said the man was found a short time later, arrested and charged with failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

Arrest over assault

Whangarei police are warning people not to take the law into their own hands after a man was arrested for assaulting a drunk who was verbally abusing him in the street. Sergeant John Larkin said a drunk man was in Vine St, Whangarei, about 2am on Sunday when he started abusing a man walking past. The abused man started walking off, but the drunk continued to abuse him, Mr Larkin said. The man turned back and whacked the drunk, punching him six times and kicking him several times too, he said. A 24-year-old from Whangarei was arrested and charged with assault.

He said under such circumstances people should simply walk away or contact police, who could arrest an abuser.

PSO issued after call-out

Whangarei police have ordered a man to stay away from the home he shares with his partner for 48 hours after being called out to a domestic dispute. Sergeant John Larkin said officers were called to an address in Raumanga at 5.30pm on Sunday where a couple were arguing. Mr Larkin said the man became aggressive and abusive towards police, but no crime was reported by the woman. Officers then issued the man with a Police Safety Order (PSO) to stay away from the property for 48 hours. PSOs give domestic violence victims greater protection by giving police power to order someone they suspect may be abusive to stay away from someone for up to five days.

- Northern Advocate

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