Wheelchair-bound man arrested after allegedly intentionally driving car into marae buildings
Last updated 11:06, January 5 2016
MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ
A man is accused of driving into a Gisborne marae intentionally.
A Gisborne man has been arrested after allegedly intentionally driving his car into marae buildings.
Senior sergeant Dan Foley said the 45-year-old man, who uses a wheelchair, had driven into buildings on Rangiwaho marae, 30km south of Gisborne, at some time on Monday.
He caused substantial damage, and then drove into a nearby bach, before getting out of the car and hitch-hiking back to Gisborne.
After being dropped off in Gisborne he entered a BP service station where he allegedly refused to pay for a packet of cigarettes.
He fled and was caught on the forecourt, where he grabbed a petrol bowser and threatened to pour petrol over himself and set himself alight.
Police were called and the man was arrested at 3pm.
He has been charged with intentional damage, wilful damage, threatening behaviour, and shoplifting.
He was released on bail and is due to appear in Gisborne District Court next week.