A 24-year-old man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today after trying to give the police the slip.

At about 12.30pm on Sunday, September 30th, police located a man on 11th Ave who they say had a warrant out for his arrest.

“While being placed under arrest by officers, he managed to dive out of reach and run away,” says police on the Bay of Plenty Police and Taupo Facebook page.

“After a lengthy foot pursuit, the man decided to jump into the water by Memorial Park and swim away, perhaps thinking police wouldn’t chase him.”

But he was wrong.

“Police were kindly lent two kayaks by members of the public and the officers paddled out to the man, who was by now in shoulder-deep water.”

“Police managed to encourage him to swim back to shore, where he was taken into police custody, this time, dripping wet.”

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