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'Superhero' defies police from hot pool

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/10/2016

A man who allegedly fled a police check point spent about an hour defying capture in a public pool, reportedly grunting and trying to "power up like a superhero".

The man was eventually taken into custody following the incident at Helensville's Parakai Springs, north of Auckland, on Saturday night.

It was believed the man had fled a nearby police checkpoint and he jumped in the outdoor pool, springs manager Dion Tilson says.

There were already a number of people in the pool who had to then get out while police negotiated with him, he told NZ Newswire.

"He was bopping away and refusing to leave. There was a fair bit of yelling and screaming.

"I think he was probably dressed when he first entered the pool but down to a pair of shorts by the time he exited."

The man was grunting, performing martial arts poses and trying to power up like a superhero, witness Jeremy Batten told Fairfax.

Police say the 47-year-old is believed to have taken drugs.

He was eventually coaxed out of the pool by a negotiation team, treated in hospital for injuries and will appear in Auckland District Court on a number of charges.

Fisheries officers were also involved in the pool incident, but it is believed they were part of the checkpoint operation, not because a pool was involved.

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