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Fleeing driver tried to ram patrol cars - police

Published: 11:03AM Saturday December 29, 2012 Source: ONE News

Whangamata police are awaiting blood test results to confirm if a fleeing driver, who allegedly attempted to ram patrol cars in the Coromandel town early this morning, was intoxicated or not.

Police said officers attempted to carry out a routine vehicle stop of a Toyota Estima station wagon in the town about 1.10am.

"The driver refused to pull over and instead fled Police, initiating a short pursuit that was managed by the Northern Communications Centre," said Senior Sergeant Kevin Anderson of Whangamata police.

"Before the pursuit ended officers had to take evasive action as the female driver attempted to ram the patrol cars," he said.

Eventually stopped on Ocean Road, the woman attempted to abandon her car and run off but was caught a short distance away, Anderson said.

One unmarked patrol car suffered minor damage to a door in the process, however there were no injuries suffered by anyone involved, he said.

The 40-year-old Whangamata woman was arrested and charged with failing to stop and reckless driving, while the results of blood tests are pending, Anderson said.

Her car was impounded for 28 days.

So far this year, 15 people have died on Waikato roads in 12 crashes where alcohol, drugs or a combination of both were contributing factors, "so drink driving is something we take very seriously," Anderson said.

"The message is simple, if you drive don't drink, if you drink don't drive."