Car crashes after pursuit ended
Road spikes were in place to stop a driver who fled police, but he crashed before they were needed.
The driver, a Feilding man in his 30s, was on a Saturday night drive with another male in his 30s as a passenger, when Feilding police spotted them speeding, Acting Sergeant Kim Manderson said.
Police pursued the Mitsubishi four-wheel drive as it travelled east along Kimbolton Rd, through Denbigh St and then out towards Cheltenham about 9.20pm.
After it left Feilding and went on a criss-cross path through rural Cheltenham, police abandoned the pursuit. As the vehicle turned back south on Cheltenham-Hunterville Rd they decided to lay out spikes on the road about a kilometre south of the intersection with Beaconsfield-Valley Rd, Ms Manderson said.
Instead, the driver crashed in a paddock near the intersection and began to run on foot, leaving the vehicle and passenger behind.
The man's attempt at escaping ended not long after in a nearby paddock, when he was brought down by a police dog and arrested.
The man will appear in the Palmerston North District Court this week on driving charges.
Neither the driver nor the passenger was injured, but the dog had done "a little bit of damage" to the man, Ms Manderson said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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