24 Jan 2013

Driver charged after ramming police patrol car

3:36 pm on 24 January 2013

An Auckland man has been charged with using a vehicle as a weapon against police after a patrol car was rammed in North Waikato on Thursday.

Police intercepted the man just south of Huntly after being told about a car being driven dangerously on State Highway 1.

When officers approached the driver he allegedly reversed at speed, ramming the front of the police car, before stalling his car.

Police say the man was arrested after a brief struggle, about 11.30am.

They say they found tools often used to commit burglary inside the vehicle, which had been stolen from Onehunga in South Auckland.

It also contained items they believe may be stolen, including a samurai sword.

The 25-year-old will appear in the Hamilton District Court on Friday on a range of charges.