18 Apr 2013

Man on run after escaping from prison van

10:19 pm on 18 April 2013

A prisoner is on the run after breaking out of a prison van as it stopped to refuel in Dannevirke late on Wednesday.

David Lothien was being taken from Waikato to Manawatu for sentencing on a serious assault charge.

A police spokesperson says the 21-year-old has connections in the area and are asking people to report sightings of him.

Lothien is 186 centimetres tall, was wearing green overalls, and has a cast on his left arm.