Kieran Banks, 15 March 2016

A cop chased down a would-be thief through a drain after he allegedly stole groceries from a Darwin service station.

The plain clothes officer from Strike Force Trident had stopped at the Puma service station on Berrimah Rd at around midnight.

A 21-year-old man allegedly grabbed a handful of groceries and damaged the door when the officer gave chase through a 2m wide roadside drain.

Territory Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said the culprit lost his shoe and some of the groceries as he ran from police and was arrested.

In a separate incident, a drunk driver attempted to fool police by switching seats with a passenger on McMillans Rd, Knuckey Lagoon.

Supt Jorgensen said the male driver was breathalysed and blew .185 and was disqualified from driving. The car was also unregistered and uninsured.

Extracted in full from NT News.