Driver hits cars after fleeing police

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 12:31 09/11/2012

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A speeding driver who fled police went through a red light and crashed into two cars after a pursuit across Auckland yesterday, police say.

The chase began in Mechanics Bay in the central city at around midday when a driver was stopped by traffic patrol officers but sped off, police say.

North Shore Police Inspector Jill Rogers says a driver was pursued for some time before running a red light in Albany and colliding with two other cars not involved in the chase.

Rogers says the drivers of both cars were treated for minor injuries after the crash at the intersection of Bush Rd and Albany Expressway around 1pm.

A woman caught in traffic as a result of the incident says she saw up to 11 police cars and two ambulances at the scene.

"There was a van stopped facing the wrong way in one of the lanes and a bright yellow sports car being taken away on a tow truck," she said.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with failing to stop and reckless driving and will appear in the North Shore District Court.

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