Police and teens in car chase

BLAIR ENSOR
POLICE REPORTER
Last updated 15:07 20/08/2012

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Two police cars were damaged after a group of 15-year-olds fled a checkpoint in a stolen car in Porirua.

Inspector John Price said the incident began on Champion St when the teenage driver turned off the car's headlights lights and tried to avoid the checkpoint about 3.30am yesterday.

However, a police patrol saw his manoeuvre and gave chase, Mr Price said.

The car reached speeds of up to 90kmh in a 50kmh area before road spikes were deployed and the car was eventually stopped in Raiha St - 16km after the chase began.

Two police cars suffered minor damage as they attempted to stop the stolen car, he said.

One of the teenagers ran from the stolen car and has not been found by police. The driver and another 15-year-old passenger were arrested at the scene.

The driver appeared in Porirua Youth Court today charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and receiving stolen property. He was remanded in CYFS custody until Thursday.

The other passenger was charged with being found unlawfully in a stolen car and referred to youth aid.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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