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Teen trio arrested over fleeing driver incident

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The police’s Eagle helicopter played a key role in tracking an allegedly stolen car earlier this week. File photo supplied

Three young people travelling in a vehicle allegedly stolen from an east Auckland property were caught after fleeing police.

Waitemata West Police area commander, Inspector Jason Edwards, says two of the suspects are facing court of their roles in the incident.

He says just before midnight on Monday, March 18, police were made aware of a vehicle that was believed to have been stolen travelling on State Highway 16.

The vehicle was allegedly taken from an address in Sunnyhills earlier on Monday morning.

“Police located the vehicle driving toward Te Atatu Peninsula and [the police’s] Eagle [helicopter] was soon above to assist with monitoring its movements.

“The vehicle failed to stop when signalled to do so and left the area at speed.”

Edwards says the police units on the ground chose not to pursue the vehicle but the Eagle kept a close eye on it as it travelled toward Henderson.

“The vehicle was sighted entering the West City Mall car park where police units arrived soon after.

“Three people were taken into custody without further incident.”

Two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, have been charged over the matter and are due to appear in the Waitakere Youth Court on March 19.

A third occupant, aged 15, was referred to Youth Aid.

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