A man who allegedly threatened police with a knife after a high-speed crash at Auckland Airport has been arrested.
A police officer was punched in the face during the alleged assault and was treated for swelling and bruising.
The incident began when the man allegedly presenting a knife to traffic management staff on the Southern Motorway near Takanini just after midnight, police said.
The man then fled towards Auckland Airport - reaching speeds of at least 180km/h during the 17km dash - and crashed into the security gate which leads to the tarmac.
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The man ditched the car and confronted police with the knife when approached. He was tasered and arrested, but not before the alleged assault on the officer.
A Titirangi man, 46, has been charged with intent to avoid arrest, threatening to kill, intentionally damaging an iron gate at Auckland Airport, interfering with Auckland Airport and resisting a constable.
He appeared in Manukau District Court this morning.
He will next appear on August 17.