Auckland driver targets pedestrian and rams police car
Watch: A police car crashed in a chase through downtown Auckland. Video / Sharn Grant / Supplied
Dramatic video footage has emerged of the shocking moment a driver rams his car into the side of a police vehicle in downtown Auckland.
It shows the blue car driving away from Princes Wharf towards an intersection going up to Hobson St.
But when it looks like he is going to keep driving, the driver suddenly turns around, stops for a fraction of a second before accelerating and directly rams into the stationary police vehicle.
The woman who captured the horror moment told the Herald that she was shocked at the events that unfolded in front of her this morning.
“I thought, ‘Oh, that surely won’t go straight into the police car’ – and it happened.”
The woman, who only wanted to be known as Isabella, was standing at the intersection near the overpass when she heard the policeman screaming for the blue car to stop.
At one point he walked straight towards her and she rushed to take cover behind a nearby pole.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, is this really the morning that I get run over by a car?”
After the vehicle pulled away and she knew she was safe, she pulled out her cell phone and started recording.
She said that immediately after the blue car crashed into the police vehicle, the officer who had just entered it exited through the passenger side door.
At one point, as the blue car pulled away from the police vehicle, Isabella said she believed the driver was about to hit her again.
“This is what it looked like.”
Instead, the driver got out and walked towards the police vehicle while shouting and gesturing to the officer inside.
She was then brought to the ground after being tasered by officers who arrived shortly after.
Pedestrians flee hit
Minutes before the police car was crashed, another woman standing on a nearby trail had seconds to dodge the blue car that was climbing onto a cycle lane and heading straight for her.
Still shaken, the pedestrian said she had just gotten off a ferry and was standing on the sidewalk at the lower end of Albert Street when she saw a small car facing the wrong way in a long waiting line.
The pedestrian, who did not want to be named, said the driver was honking her horn and swearing at people to step aside.
“I noticed her window was down and I said ‘Hey calm down you’re in the wrong lane’ and she went mad.
“Then she tried to run over me. She crossed the bike path and ended up on the sidewalk.
“It took me a minute to register that she was walking towards me. I jumped to the side.
“If I hadn’t moved, she would have hit me.
The woman, who was heading for work in the CBD, said the driver then quickly backed up and walked down the street towards the Hilton hotel.
“It was scary,” said the woman, who was comforted by nearby pedestrians.
Police were called to Quay St just after 8 a.m. after a report that someone was driving on the wrong side of the road and tried to run over someone.
A woman was later arrested and now faces charges, police said.
St John said one person was treated for minor injuries.