Two police officers paddled kayaks to catch a man wanted for arrest in Tauranga.
At about 12.30pm today, Tauranga Police located a man on Eleventh Ave who had a warrant to arrest.
While being placed under arrest by the officers, he managed to dive out of reach and run away.
After a lengthy foot pursuit, the man decided to jump in the water by Memorial Park and swim away, perhaps thinking police wouldn't chase him.
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He was wrong. Police were loaned two kayaks by members of the public and the officers paddled out to the man, who was by now, shoulder-deep in the water.
Police managed to encourage him to swim back to shore, where he was taken into police custody, this time, dripping wet.
The 24-year-old Tauranga man will appear in the Tauranga District Court tomorrow.