Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Police arrest pair after fleeing driver incident

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Two people are in custody following a fleeing driver incident across Auckland this morning, including through Botany.

At around 5.20am, police were alerted to a vehicle being stolen from an address in Francis Street, Hauraki.

Inspector Rod Carpinter said the vehicle was located by the Police Eagle helicopter in the Birkenhead Village shops and had fled from police after being signalled to stop.

Police spiked the vehicle as it got onto the motorway, however it has continued travelling southbound through the city and onto the Southern Motorway.

The offenders then drove to Botany where they have dumped the vehicle and stole another one.

“The pair has driven across South Auckland towards the airport, then along State Highway 20 through the Waterview Tunnel and towards Auckland City,” Carpinter said.

“They have continued onto the Southern Motorway, heading back to the Otara area where it has been spiked again.

“As the vehicle approached the Princes Street off ramp, the vehicle has caught fire and the occupants have surrendered to police.”

Two people were arrested without incident and police enquiries are continuing.

“Police are aware of the hazards these types of events can cause and we thank the public for their cooperation this morning in allowing police to bring this incident to a close safely,” Carpinter said.

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