A van stolen from Feilding High School was rammed into two police cars and led police on a chase to Palmerston North.
The pursuit started on Colyton Rd about 2.20am on Saturday when a police officer thought it suspicious that a high school van was being driven by a young man at such an hour.
The officer pulled the van over and got out of the car to speak to the driver, but the van sped off.
Sergeant Grant Lawton said the van went to Tainui Rd before stopping in the middle of the left lane. The police car pulled in behind it, and the van smashed into the police car before taking off again.
‘‘It just reversed straight into the patrol car,’’ Mr Lawton said.
A spare tyre from the van was cleared from the road by police before they resumed the chase.
When the van reached Milson Line, the van’s tyres were punctured on road spikes the police had set up.
However, police said the van continued, ramming another patrol car and badly damaging it.
The 24-year-old male passenger got out of the car and ran away, but was caught by police. The van took off again, heading towards Tremaine Ave ending up on Mihaere Drive, where the driver fled.
He was found a short time later by a dog handler and arrested.
Mr Lawton said the driver, a 22-year-old man from Palmerston North, was charged with failing to stop, and was likely to face other charges.
His passenger, a 24-year-old Foxton man, had been charged with unlawfully being in a motor vehicle, and may also face further charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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