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'Reckless': Man Pretending To Be Injured On Motorway Arrested

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A 57-year-old man has been arrested after pretending to be injured on the East Tāmaki overbridge on Auckland's Southern Motorway.

Emergency services were called to reports of a man who appeared injured at about 7.46 am on Monday.

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Police arrived to find the man "who was pretending to be injured as part of what we can only describe as reckless behaviour in an attempt to gain publicity", Inspector Danny Meade said.

"Emergency services from across Tāmaki Makaurau have been put in a situation where considerable time and resources were tied up as we dealt with this incident, not to mention the inconvenience to the public due to the lane closures involved.

"This was a significant and unnecessary incident that in no doubt, will have impacted many people over the disturbing sight.

"It is also incredibly lucky this man's reckless actions did not cause injury to himself or any other road users."

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A map showing traffic at 8.30am Monday on Auckland's SH1 and SH20.

Traffic at 8.30 am Monday on Auckland's SH1 and SH20. Photo: Google Maps

Two right northbound lanes were temporarily blocked as emergency services responded, causing delays.

Traffic was unusually heavy during peak-hour as a result.

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