25 Aug 2019

Police catch one Levin escapee - two still at large

8:04 pm on 25 August 2019

Police have found one of three Levin men who escaped from a courthouse garage on Wednesday.

Wiremu Eparaima, 30, was arrested this afternoon at Otaki after a member of the public reported a man driving dangerously on State Highway 1, they said.

The hunt is continuing for Te Wera Hemara, 27, and Emmanuel Witana, 23.

The trio escaped when one of them pressed a lever opening the garage door while a fourth man held back an officer.

Police have admitted they did not follow their own rules on how many staff should have been there.