Fleeing driver incident – Hamilton

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Attributable to Senior Sergeant Will Loughrin, Waikato District Command Centre:

Five people have been apprehended after fleeing Police in a stolen vehicle in Hamilton overnight.

Police noticed the vehicle, which had been stolen from Auckland, on River Road in Hamilton about 11:40am last night.

The driver failed to stop for Police and a pursuit was initiated heading north on to the Waikato Expressway.

The Police Eagle helicopter took over keeping sight of the vehicle, at which point the pursuit was abandoned.

Road spikes were successfully deployed, and the fleeing driver eventually stopped near Ararimu around 12:25am.

The five occupants of the vehicle, all male, were taken into Police custody in Manukau.

One is a 16 year old from Hamilton, the others are aged 13, 15, 17 and 21 years and from Auckland.

Charges are likely.

ENDS

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