Police received a 111 call from a man, whose Ute had just been stolen from Bombay, South Auckland. Police located the Ute with the assistance of the Police helicopter, Eagle. The man who had stolen the Ute did not stop when Police signalled for him to do so.
Police pursued the Ute through countryside for approximately 15 minutes, during which time the fleeing driver rammed the pursuing Police car.
The Authority found that both officers unlawfully applied force to the man.
Authority Chair, Judge Colin Doherty said: "The officers used intentional and gratuitous force against the man when he was in a vulnerable position, restrained on the ground. Their actions were an abuse of power."
Police charged the first officer with wounding with reckless disregard. The officer pleaded guilty and was discharged without conviction by a District Court Judge. He resigned from Police following this incident.
The second officer was sanctioned by Police following an employment investigation.
The Authority also raised with the Commissioner of Police a number of shortcomings it identified in the conduct of the Police investigation into this matter.
The release of the Authority's public report was delayed until the conclusion of related court proceedings in July 2019.