A teenager who attempted a joy ride to Auckland in a car stolen in Wellington was stopped by road spikes near Foxton after reaching speeds of up to 200kmh, police say.
He was to appear in Levin District Court today.
Levin Constable Graeme Jarvis said the 18-year-old Porirua man stole a Subaru WRX worth about $7000 from Ngaio last Friday.
About 5pm that day police discovered the car had been stolen after its driver drove off without paying for petrol at a Johnsonville service station, he said.
Police in Porirua spotted the car and pursued it on State Highway 1, but it was lost in Raumati.
Foxton Senior Constable Chris Barclay said he fell in behind the car in Levin, but the licence plates had been covered.
The pursuit was called off and the teen's joy ride was ended by road spikes near Foxton. The driver fled into nearby paddocks and he was found about an hour later. Fairfax NZ
- Manawatu Standard
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