Police arrest wrong-way drunk
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 9:12a.m.
Police have arrested a man who stole a taxi and drove the wrong way down Auckland's Northwestern Motorway.
Just before 11pm last night a "grossly intoxicated" man hailed a Cheap Cabs taxi in West Auckland, reports the New Zealand Herald.
He threatened the driver and stole the vehicle, and "drove around erratically", leaving the taxi's driver on the side of the road.
Using a GPS police tracked the car to Kumeu, then chased it down the motorway, reaching speeds of up to 150km/h.
The driver crashed into a barrier at St Lukes, then turned around and drove the wrong way. Police attempted and failed to block the vehicle, which narrowly missed a number of others.
The alleged offender ditched the taxi near Western Springs, and was tracked by a police dog and arrested soon afterwards.
He will appear in Waitakere District Court today on eight driving-related charges, reports Auckland Now.
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11/01/2013 9:34:27 a.m.
maria jackson wrote:
Lock him up! Just because nobody was killed is not the point, its just very lucky that there were no fatalities. My sympathies to the Taxi driver, having to go through this ordeal and loose his income!
10/01/2013 8:30:27 p.m.
what do we expect when we have such a weak justice system,there,s no deterrent,this idiot will walk away with a silly fine.........
10/01/2013 12:07:43 p.m.
And do we have any judges with the balls to lock this loser up? He has ruined the car that the taxi driver uses for his income and endangered many people. Time for something serious to occur.
10/01/2013 11:57:12 a.m.
Unbelievable. Putting people's lives at risk for a joyride? What a complete plonker.
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