Public, police pursuit of courier van ends in arrest near airport

A MAN was arrested near Gisborne Airport yesterday afternoon after a public and police pursuit of a courier van taken from downtown.

Police responded at around 12.30pm to a call about the van being taken from outside a food outlet near the Town Clock.

The husband of the van owner this morning told The Herald that they were having some lunch when his wife spotted the man in the van.

The husband ran to the van but was unable to stop him and he drove off.

A member of the public offered to give chase in his car and the pair took off after the van.

After the pair followed the van through several streets including the Gisborne Boys’ High area, police took over the pursuit.

Police told The Herald the chase was abandoned due to the dangerous driving of the alleged offender as he headed through Elgin and towards the airport.

“The van was left in the carpark alongside the control tower and the man ran off across the airfield towards the Showgrounds Park,” police said.

Police cordoned off the area and a dog team was brought in.

“The man, aged 31, from Opotiki, was located on the fringes of the airfield and was arrested without incident,” police said.

“He has been charged with a number of driving charges, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

“He was held in custody overnight and was to appear in the Gisborne District Court this morning.”

There was no disruption to aircraft movements.

A MAN was arrested near Gisborne Airport yesterday afternoon after a public and police pursuit of a courier van taken from downtown.

Police responded at around 12.30pm to a call about the van being taken from outside a food outlet near the Town Clock.

The husband of the van owner this morning told The Herald that they were having some lunch when his wife spotted the man in the van.

The husband ran to the van but was unable to stop him and he drove off.

A member of the public offered to give chase in his car and the pair took off after the van.

After the pair followed the van through several streets including the Gisborne Boys’ High area, police took over the pursuit.

Police told The Herald the chase was abandoned due to the dangerous driving of the alleged offender as he headed through Elgin and towards the airport.

“The van was left in the carpark alongside the control tower and the man ran off across the airfield towards the Showgrounds Park,” police said.

Police cordoned off the area and a dog team was brought in.

“The man, aged 31, from Opotiki, was located on the fringes of the airfield and was arrested without incident,” police said.

“He has been charged with a number of driving charges, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

“He was held in custody overnight and was to appear in the Gisborne District Court this morning.”

There was no disruption to aircraft movements.

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