A PORTLAND police divisional van was rammed and immobilised after attempting a routine intercept early this morning.
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Sergeant Gavin Slade, of Portland police, said that at 4.50am this morning police decided to intercept a dark-coloured vehicle, believed to be a Holden Commodore, at the Lee Breakwater on Lee Breakwater Road, Portland.

“Police attempted a routine intercept of a vehicle that had been driven erratically on the fairly narrow road which has ocean on both sides,” he said.

“The officers in the van activated their emergency lights. The driver of the vehicle ignored the lights and attempted to pass the police vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

“The vehicle collided with the front end of the police car.”

Sergeant Slade said the divisional van suffered damage to its steering and was unable to be driven.

“The dark coloured vehicle has then sped off heading north along Bentinck Street out of town,” he said.

“Police are investigating, but registration plate numbers were not noted. The two police officers in the van were not injured, but they were very surprised by the actions of the other driver.”

Sergeant Slade said the divisional suffered panel damage but the major issue was the steering.

“Forensic evidence was obtained from the collision scene and is being examined by our crime scene officers,” he said.

“We have conducted a search of the city looking for the vehicle. Any witnesses or anyone with information about the collision is requested to contact the Portland police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.

Hamilton police are also busy investigating the theft of a safe from the James Dean Pharmacy in Learmonth Street, Hamilton, overnight.

Sergeant Paul Stanhope, of Hamilton police, said the safe was reported stolen from the chemist outlet near the Hamilton hospital just before 7am this morning and officers were pursuing a number of lines of investigation.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Hamilton police or Crime Stoppers.

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