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Forklift joy ride ended by police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017

A teenager joy riding through Auckland's central business district on a stolen forklift has been arrested.

The 17-year-old stole the forklift from a construction yard in central Auckland overnight, before travelling the wrong way down Darby Street and onto Queen Street where he was seen by police.

Realising he was being chased, the man swerved the forklift at the police officers, who had to jump clear to avoid injury, police said.

The two chasing officers then climbed into the cab of the forklift and removed the driver, while a third officer applied the forklift's brakes to stop it hitting a parked car.

The forklift driver was arrested at the scene and has been charged with burglary, unlawful taking, dangerous driving and two charges of aggravated assault.

He will appear in Auckland District Court on Friday morning.

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