A suspected gunman led police on a high-speed half-hour chase before crashing into the back of a truck on Auckland's North-Western Motorway, police say.
Police said they received reports of shots being fired at a house in Ranui, west Auckland, about 9pm yesterday, a patrol found the suspected gunman's car on Pookes Rd, and a chase ensued.
The armed offender squad was called because the man was believed to have a weapon.
Police said the car went into a driveway on Northfield Road and as a police car approached it was rammed twice and the vehicle then fled at speeds of more than 120kmh towards State Highway 16, with no lights on.
The pursuit was abandoned for safety reasons and the Eagle helicopter followed the vehicle.
Road spikes failed to stop the car as it left the highway at Point Chevalier then came back on to the motorway and headed back west.
"Around 25 minutes after the police pursuit had been formally abandoned, the fleeing driver drove into the rear of a roadwork's attenuator truck," police said.
The man had a broken leg and a dislocated hip. A police dog was set on him as he did not respond to their instructions.
"The event was resolved safely without further incident," police said.
The man was taken to Auckland Hospital and would be interviewed after he was discharged.
The truck driver was "shaken but uninjured", police said.
Acting Waitemata District Commander Inspector Rod Fraser said it was a "dangerous and unpredictable incident".
"Although the fleeing driver has been injured, it's fortunate that no innocent members of the public were harmed," he said.
Fraser said an investigation was underway and the incident had been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.
"I am satisfied with the information to date that police have complied fully with all required policy," Fraser said.
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