Police ?chased? a man for 730km. Pardon me, but I think we need to harden up

How on earth did this guy make it 730km before being apprehended?

A 20-year-old man appeared in Dunedin District Court this morning charged with driving offences following a police pursuit from Nelson to Waikouaiti yesterday.

Michael George Massie, of Richmond, was arrested in Waikaouaiti yesterday afternoon following a series of police chases covering 730km, and during which a Subaru station wagon was reported to have reached speeds of more than 150km near Palmerston.

Massie was today charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. He was remanded in custody, to reappear in the Dunedin District Court on October 18.

The chase began yesterday when Massie failed to stop for police at 1am near Nelson, and later he again failed to stop for police, driving away at high speed at Christchurch.

“A traffic unit attempted to stop the speeding vehicle in Palmerston this afternoon but it fled in a southern direction down State Highway 1,” a police statement said. ?

After the speeding vehicle was spotted about 3.10pm, police commented that they had followed it for a short time “but the motorist’s driving was deemed too dangerous for the matter to continue”, police said.

Dunedin police were preparing to lay road spikes to stop the south-bound vehicle, but it turned off State Highway 1 at Waikouaiti and apparently parked in a quiet spot, on Matanaka Dr, between a grove of pine trees and the beach.

Things started to go further wrong for the fleeing driver when the vehicle he was driving was found by police about 4.40pm.

Police monitored the area to see if anyone returned to the vehicle.

A police officer then apparently spotted the man, wearing a blue T-shirt, and with his cap on backwards, walking across a field back towards Matanaka Dr, holding a soft drink which he may have bought at the township.

A few minutes later, he had been caught and arrested, with the help of a police dog and dog handler.

I wonder if the Police would like some handy advice for situations like this in the future.

Might I suggest the .50 Beowulf for stopping vehicles.

Or these guys:

or these guys:

https://youtu.be/spnH5ynCJvo

We seriously need to stop pandering to ratbags and start policing them…hard.

 

-NZ Herald

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