An ill-conceived escape attempt outside a New Zealand courthouse ended when the would-be fugitives, handcuffed together and blinded with pepper spray, ran on opposite sides of a lamppost.
Police were escorting the two prisoners into Hastings District Court this week when the men made a break for it, Senior Sgt. Dave Greig told The Times in London.
“They fell over and they were sprayed with pepper spray. But they got up and ran out of the court onto the street, across the road to a car park,” he said.
“That’s where they met the pole. It was all over, rover.“
One man’s lawyer said his client was anxious about being sent to prison and got a case of the “collywobbles.“