Man arrested after four car crashes in one hour

A man who stole several vehicles and caused mayhem in “a number of serious driving incidents” was finally arrested in Howick this morning.

Senior Sergeant Graeme Fleming, Counties Manukau Police, said they are now appealing for witnesses.

After 8.40am police received reports about a man behaving erratically in the Mt Richmond area following a reported family harm incident.

A short time later, police began receiving reports about a blue Holden Commodore driving dangerously in the Otahuhu area on Great South Road.

Police believe the vehicle has continued to drive dangerously through Papatoetoe and Otara.

The vehicle was later involved in a crash with a motorcycle at the intersection of Te Irirangi Drive and Dawson Road, Clover Park.The motorcyclist sustained moderate injuries.

Meanwhile, the driver continued down Dawson Road before colliding with another vehicle.

At this point, the driver fled from the Commodore.He stole another person’s vehicle and left the area.

The driver crashed again in the Murphy’s Road area and stole another vehicle.

“He continued to drive dangerously toward the Howick area before being involved in another crash at the intersection of Bleakhouse Road and Ridge Road at around 10am,” Senior Sergeant Fleming said.

“The male driver attempted to steal another vehicle at this time. Police staff had been actively looking for this person.

“He was located and taken into custody by police in Howick thanks to information from members of the public.

“The man was driving dangerously at excessive speeds that caused serious risk to the public and it is incredibly fortunate that nobody was seriously injured.”

  • Police would like anyone who witnessed the man’s driving or were involved in any of the incidents to contact Police on 261 1321.