Vehicle seizures and arrests follow antisocial road user gatherings

Cars seized and arrests made following illegal road behaviour in Kapiti and Horowhenua
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Police say five vehicles have been seized and one person arrested following a recent spate of antisocial road user gatherings in Kāpiti and Horowhenua.

As well as these illegal activities causing issues in Horowhenua they also spread to Kāpiti with Ōtaki badly affected.

Inspector Ross Grantham, Manawatū Area Commander says the vehicles were seized following from events in Levin on 1 June, and in Foxton on 15 June.

On Saturday 1 June Police responded to Levin where a large group of antisocial vehicle users gathered in the town centre resulting in damage to Police cars and minor injuries to two officers.

Inspector Ross Grantham says Police are committed to disrupting antisocial vehicle users and those who cause damage to the community.

“Since then, Police have been conducting extensive enquiries locating and impounding four vehicles between Manawatū and Wellington, bringing the total number of vehicles seized on and following the weekend to 10,” says Inspector Grantham.

“A 27-year-old Lower Hutt man has also since been arrested on a charge of sustained loss of traction in relation to the event in Ōtaki and Levin and will appear in court in due course.”

Inspector Grantham says Police are committed to disrupting antisocial vehicle users and those who cause damage to the community, including loss of sleep, damage to roads, and aggressive behaviour.

He says enquiries remain ongoing including speaking with the registered owners of the vehicles seized as Police work to paint a full picture of what occurred and who was involved.

“If you witness illegal street racing, or antisocial vehicle use including skids, burnouts and dangerous driving please contact Police as soon as possible with as much information as possible.”

“Even the smallest piece of information could be the key we need in our investigations,” says Inspector Grantham.