Men face charges over police chase

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 07:10 01/01/2014

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Two men are facing several driving charges after allegedly being involved in several incidents on Marlborough roads on Monday.

The vehicle they were in was first reported as causing problems between 7pm and 9pm.

Police said they received several complaints about the way the blue Subaru sedan was being driven in the Blenheim and Picton areas. A spokeswoman said they were told the car was being driven erratically.

A police patrol saw the car travelling at high speed on State Highway 62, Rapaura Rd, at 9.15pm. The patrol tried to stop the vehicle but it took off doing more than 150kmh.

The vehicle carried on west for about 5km along Rapaura Rd before it pulled over and a passenger got out, the spokeswoman said. Police hope someone can confirm the identity of that man.

The car sped off and continued for another 7km to the intersection with State Highway 6, where it turned north toward Havelock.

It hit a kerb as it turned and one tyre was punctured but the driver continued for another 9km, slowing down because of the puncture.

The Subaru eventually stopped near Schneider's Culvert, where the driver was taken into custody with the help of a police dog.

A 20-year-old Picton man has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and drink-driving. A second man has also been taken into custody.

The police spokeswoman did not respond to requests yesterday for further details about the chase and the earlier complaints.

She said in a statement they were keen to talk to anyone who saw a blue Subaru Legacy sedan, registration RD 7286, or the occupants of the car in the Blenheim and Picton areas on Monday night.

Anyone with information should contact Constable Megan Rosene at Picton police station on 03 520 3120.

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- The Marlborough Express

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