New Zealand inmate stroll stopped by pole

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - It was less than a Great Escape.
Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together as they
fled a courthouse foiled their own getaway when they ran to
opposite sides of a light pole, slammed into each other and fell to
the ground.
Jailers nabbed them as they struggled to their feet.
Their escapade on Wednesday was captured by a CCTV camera at
Hastings District Court on New Zealand's North Island. The footage
shows the two men trying to make a break for it - but apparently
forgetting they were joined at the wrist.
Hastings police Senior Sgt. Dave Greig said one inmate, Regan
Reti, 20, had just been sent to prison for more than two years
after being convicted of assault.
The other inmate, Tiranara White, 21, was in custody for
allegedly stealing a car and violating parole.
"As they were being led from the Hastings police cells ... they
made a bolt for freedom," Greig told The Associated Press on
Thursday.
"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."
The pair were back in court Thursday, facing fresh charges of
escaping from custody.
Police said Reti, who pleaded guilty to the charge, had a month
added to his prison term. White did not enter a plea. He will
remain in police custody while a psychiatric evaluation is carried
out.
Grainy footage of the escapade shown on TV One News was billed
as "one of the worst escape attempts ever seen."

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