Police chase leads to car crash

Two injured after driver refuses to stop vehicle

SIMON DAY
Last updated 11:41 22/02/2013
Otahuhu car chase
NZ Police

WRECKED: The white Holden Commodore crashed into a power pole on Huia Rd.

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LATEST: Two men are in hospital after a police chase ended in a crash in Otahuhu last night.

A police spokesman said officers attempted to stop a white Holden Commodore - carrying two occupants - from travelling at excessive speed, however, the car drove off.

A four minute chase ensued before the offending vehicle crashed into a power pole on Huia Rd.

Both men jumped from the car and attempted to flee with the driver being apprehended by police nearby.

The passenger, who was "wanted for arrest" for a domestic incident, was located by police with the assistance of the Eagle helicopter and dogs.

The driver did not hold a licence and had previously been banned from driving. He suffered a head injury and the passenger a broken arm.

Both men were taken to Middlemore hospital and were in a stable condition, under police guard, this morning. 

Constable Bruce Wilson, of the Manukau Serious Crash Unit, said speed was "definitely" a factor in the crash.  

"He tried to take the corner too fast. And his headlights were also off," he said.  

Alcohol was found in the car and was also believed to have been a factor in the incident. A blood alcohol test was undertaken at the hospital but the results will not be known for two weeks.

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