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Two arrested after police patrol car taken

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/01/2017

A man and a woman have been arrested after a police patrol car was taken in Waikato and apparently set alight.

Police say the incident began during a roadside breath test on Wilson Rd, in Netherton, near Paeroa, about 6.25pm on Thursday.

While an officer was conducting a test on the female driver, two passengers, one male and one female, got out and drove off in the officer's patrol vehicle.

A pursuit began but was quickly abandoned because of excessive speed and the manner of driving.

The patrol vehicle was located in Meremere without the occupants.

Police say it appears the vehicle was set alight, causing extensive damage.

They have arrested a 41-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.

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