Policeman hurt, teens arrested in hit and run

STOLEN CAR IN CRASH: A woman driving a car (next picture) escaped injury last night when her vehicle was struck at the Campion Road/Gladstone Road corner by an allegedly-stolen people-mover driven by a 14-year-old.
Pictures by Liam Clayton
Gladstone Road Accident
Debris on the road.

A POLICE officer was wounded while making an arrest after a woman driver was lucky to escape injury in a two-vehicle crash in Gladstone Road last night.

One of the cars was allegedly stolen and driven by a 14-year-old boy.

Police and other emergency services were called to the crash scene near the Campion Road corner at 6.30pm.

“The stolen vehicle collided with the woman’s car at the Campion Road-Gladstone Road intersection.

“The woman’s car spun off the road and went rear first into a power pole,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“The stolen car, a people-mover, driven by a 14-year-old youth, then went on down Gladstone Road and turned into Chalmers Road, where it came to a stop against the footpath by the corner dairy.”

The woman escaped injury in the crash.

“She was shaken up by what happened but fortunately was not hurt,” Det Sgt Ford said.

“There were five youths, aged 13 and 14, in the vehicle and they all ran off.

“Police gave chase and three were arrested.

“During the arrests it is alleged one of the youths grabbed a spade and struck a police officer on the back of the head with it.”

The officer was taken to Gisborne Hospital by St John Ambulance and received treatment for a head laceration.

“He was discharged from hospital and is at home recovering,” Det Sgt Ford said.

“Two of the youths appeared in the Youth Court today.

“One is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the other with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. Further charges are likely.”

Det Sgt Ford said the driver of the stolen car, which was taken from a city property earlier in the day, was one of those arrested.

“We are still seeking two other young teenagers, both males, in relation to this matter.

“The age of the alleged offenders shows the importance of strong and proper connections between whanau and at-risk youth.

“It shows the need for families to take active steps to engage with at-risk youth to break the cycle of offending.”

A POLICE officer was wounded while making an arrest after a woman driver was lucky to escape injury in a two-vehicle crash in Gladstone Road last night.

One of the cars was allegedly stolen and driven by a 14-year-old boy.

Police and other emergency services were called to the crash scene near the Campion Road corner at 6.30pm.

“The stolen vehicle collided with the woman’s car at the Campion Road-Gladstone Road intersection.

“The woman’s car spun off the road and went rear first into a power pole,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“The stolen car, a people-mover, driven by a 14-year-old youth, then went on down Gladstone Road and turned into Chalmers Road, where it came to a stop against the footpath by the corner dairy.”

The woman escaped injury in the crash.

“She was shaken up by what happened but fortunately was not hurt,” Det Sgt Ford said.

“There were five youths, aged 13 and 14, in the vehicle and they all ran off.

“Police gave chase and three were arrested.

“During the arrests it is alleged one of the youths grabbed a spade and struck a police officer on the back of the head with it.”

The officer was taken to Gisborne Hospital by St John Ambulance and received treatment for a head laceration.

“He was discharged from hospital and is at home recovering,” Det Sgt Ford said.

“Two of the youths appeared in the Youth Court today.

“One is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and the other with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. Further charges are likely.”

Det Sgt Ford said the driver of the stolen car, which was taken from a city property earlier in the day, was one of those arrested.

“We are still seeking two other young teenagers, both males, in relation to this matter.

“The age of the alleged offenders shows the importance of strong and proper connections between whanau and at-risk youth.

“It shows the need for families to take active steps to engage with at-risk youth to break the cycle of offending.”

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Common Sense - 7 days ago
Hmmm . . . It shows the need for far stiffer penalties for those convicted, in my opinion!
Removal of the convicted offenders from being at liberty in our society for a while would not go amiss.
Some sort of army-style boot camp in a remote area of NZ, perhaps?
I guess there will be many readers who will disagree, and will quote from namby-pamby studies that have drifted way too far from practical reality . . .
Would be interested in the thoughts of others about this, considering there seems to have been a spate of this sort of offending lately.
Some great and heroic work by the police on these recent offences, by the way. Thanks for doing your utmost to keep the rest of us safe from these irresponsible morons.


Jenny - 7 days ago
I totally agree, Army Boot Camp might teach them a bit of respect and responsibility.

Blootoonloon - 7 days ago
Make the parents of these alleged criminals pay for the damage caused - they are as guilty for allowing their children to run wild without repercussions.

James - 6 days ago
We need to identify at-risk children age 4 and 5 and make sure the whanau, marae, sports clubs etc, whatever resources needed, are at hand to take some responsibility. Most of these kids have no chance. I don't blame this group who stole the car, it's those that surround them who have not done their jobs or don't care to do it. Send the parents to do some hard labour!
Regarding hard labour/boot camps - some sort of punishment for the kids is an idea, but probably not that effective for a short period. Make it 5 years or so. Full immersion, no contact with outside influences (except maybe family members who are a good influence) and include counselling, then these kids will change. No country has such a programme - NZ is unique. Maybe the money spent per child would be worth it if it saves an innocent life, domestic violence, rape, burglary etc down the road.

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