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December 15th, 2011
Taser Report du Jour

(NEW ZEALAND) An Auckland glue sniffer was pepper-sprayed and tasered after sparking a major police situation.

A 33-year-old man is now in police custody and undergoing a medical examination.

About midday, police were called by Mangere Bridge School and asked to move a man who was acting strangely outside their gates.

When police arrived the man ran into a nearby house and reportedly locked himself inside.

As police tried to gain entry the man allegedly attacked them with a stick and was pepper-sprayed.

Police spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey said the spray had no impact on the man, who then fled along Coronation Rd, trading his stick for an iron bar.

As more police units arrived the man fled down Dunstall Pl where he allegedly gained access into another house.

A dog handler was called and found the man hiding beneath the house.

Two officers then followed the police dog and its handler under the house and arrested the man.

''It was really confined space as you could imagine and they all had to crawl,'' Gates-Bowey said.

The man began to assault the police dog and that was when officers had to subdue him with a Taser.

He faces a raft of charges including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, assaulting a police dog and entering two properties unlawfully and is expected to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow.




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