Sunday, May 19, 2024

Occupants dump front loader after Masterton joyride

Police have taken a man into custody following a fleeing driver incident in Masterton involving an 18-tonne front-end loader overnight.

Police say that just before 1am this morning, officers received a call to report that a front loader, similar to the one pictured, had been seen driving around the streets of Masterton. 

Wairarapa Area Commander Richard Wilson said a Police unit signalled for the front-end loader on the road to stop.

“The loader has failed to stop for Police and eventually drove erratically through a fence into the Masterton Showgrounds,” said Commander Wilson.

He said that given the size and power of the industrial front-end loader, it made for a potentially dangerous situation for the public and Police and also put local properties at risk.

“Thankfully, no one was injured during this reckless act, and we are pleased Wairarapa Police were able to ensure everyone’s safety quickly after sighting the loader.”

“In general, Police would like to remind anyone who owns large industrial machinery to take all steps to ensure these vehicles can’t be easily stolen. For example, installing kill switches, having the machinery kept in secure compounds, and removing the keys when not in use,” said Commander Wilson.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was taken into custody at the scene, while two others are still being sought over the incident. Police say charges are being considered.

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