11 Jul 2014

Man with taser sparks AOS callout

9:14 pm on 11 July 2014

Police say a drunken man armed with a taser forced an armed offenders' squad callout in Southland after assaulting a woman in front of two children.

Senior Sergeant Maggie Windle, of Invercargill, said the squad was sent out about 7.45am on Friday after a woman reported being assaulted.

Two children, aged 10 and 12, were in the house at the time.

Police said the man, who was heavily intoxicated, had a taser stun gun but did not use it.

Ms Windle said he severely damaged the woman's vehicle before armed police arrested him.

A 37-year-old man was to appear in the Invercargill District Court on Friday charged with assault, intentional damage, unlawful possession of a restricted weapon, driving with excess breath alcohol and possession of cannabis.