Driver jumps into river to avoid police

Cody Keenan. Photo: Waikato Police Facebook.

A fleeing driver who jumped off a bridge into a Waikato river to avoid police has made contact with his family to say that he is safe - but still remains at large. 

Police launched a search along the banks of the Waihou River near Te Aroha for 26-year-old Cody Keenan.

Keenan, who has the words Mighty Mongrel Mob tattooed across his lower face, is wanted by police on numerous charges, including in relation to a recent pursuit in Morrinsville and for failing to appear in court.

Police say while they no longer hold fears for his safety, he is still a wanted man. 

Around 11.20pm on Sunday, police received a tipoff that Keenan had been sighted at a residence in Morrinsville, says Waikato police Senior Sergeant Phil Ruddell.

As officers arrived, a van pulled out of the address. They signalled for the van to stop and it failed to do so.

During the lengthy pursuit, Phil says the fleeing driver stopped the vehicle at least twice and as officers advanced in an attempt to box the driver in, he rammed the patrol cars, causing damage as he escaped.

At the bridge on State Highway 26 in Te Aroha, the driver abandoned the vehicle and jumped into the Waihou River.

Anyone with information about Keenan’s whereabouts are asked to contact their nearest police station.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.

 - Stuff



Posted on 21-02-2018 20:29 | By Wonkytonk

Looks like a stag night session went bad...hope it was free...

Just another statistic,

Posted on 21-02-2018 11:51 | By unltd1nfantry

and another stupid face tat!


Posted on 16-02-2018 13:37 | By clingon

His children must be very proud of their dad, they would be able to spot him easily in a crowd of boring normal looking people...

should make it

Posted on 15-02-2018 10:21 | By Capt_Kaveman

illegal for anyone doing this on the face and the person who did the work charged even higher,anyone doing a face tat must be registered to do so and then have a registration card,anyone wanting a face tat then also has to apply for cultural reasons only

Never going to get into Aussie

Posted on 14-02-2018 21:16 | By The Caveman

Or any other country with a passport photo like that, regardless of any other "difficult" factors that he may have !!


Posted on 14-02-2018 16:25 | By NZer

Obviously when he is standing behind the pot plants he will be very hard to spot. Have the police thought of looking there?


Posted on 14-02-2018 14:04 | By GreertonBoy

this clown will be difficult to spot? Perhaps the police could notify us of any ’distinguishing features’ he might have... to help us recognize him? Just a thought lmao...

WHY ?????

Posted on 14-02-2018 11:53 | By Seriously?

would someone in their right mind do that to someone else’s face?

it's always...

Posted on 14-02-2018 10:43 | By Captain Sensible

It’s always the ones you’ld least expect!

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