Man taken into custody after attempted car-jacking on Auckland motorway

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NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Sat, 10 Jul 2021, 12:04PM
(Photo / Shayne Currie)
(Photo / Shayne Currie)

Man taken into custody after attempted car-jacking on Auckland motorway

Author
NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Sat, 10 Jul 2021, 12:04PM

A man has been taken into custody after earlier fleeing from police and attempting to steal a vehicle on Auckland's Southern Motorway.

Just before 10am today, a police officer located a vehicle in Kumeu linked to a man being sought by police.

A police spokeswoman said the man was located at a Kumeu address a short time later and fled on foot, before stealing a vehicle from a nearby property.

"The vehicle came to a stop on the Khyber Pass off-ramp, where the offender attempted to steal a vehicle from a member of the public.

"Police officers were quickly on the scene and took the offender into custody with the assistance of a second member of the public," the spokeswoman said.

No members of the public were injured.

Police say the incident was not related to the shooting of a police officer in Hamilton.

"I believe police wanted to speak to him about a burglary," a spokeswoman said.

The Khyber Pass off-ramp will remain closed for some time and motorists are asked to take alternative routes.

A witness reported seeing dozens of police at the scene around 11am and the Eagle helicopter hovering overhead.