26 Jun 2016

Police searching for driver who stole police car

12:31 pm on 26 June 2016

A driver stopped by a police officer for speeding in Coromandel last night jumped into the police car and drove off.

The driver was stopped at about 11.30pm in Whangamata, and the police car was found abandoned several hours later in Opoutere.

Police are looking for the driver, and they said taking a police car is a serious offence.

The car was carrying firearms but they were in a locked box, police said.