Three injured after police pursuit crash

03:34, Jun 05 2014
Vogel st crash
SCENE: Emergency services and witnesses at the scene of the Vogel St car crash.

Three women had to be cut from wreckage after a speeding car, being pursued by police, crashed into their vehicle in Palmerston North.

Cordons remained around the crash site on Vogel St, including Clyde St and Rangiora Ave, for more than an hour this afternoon.

Witnesses said at about 1.20pm a white Subaru, that was reported to be travelling at more than 120km/h in a 50km/h zone, overtook a bus.

Vogel st crash
TOWED AWAY: A white Subaru involved in the pursuit is towed away from the scene.

The Subaru then crashed into the dark blue Mazda Capella that was pulling out of a property on the corner of Clyde and Vogel Streets.

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The Capella was pushed several hundred metres before coming to rest on the pavement outside 172 Vogel St.


The badly damaged Subaru continued to drive on further up Vogel St for some distance before it stopped due to it becoming smoke-logged.

The pursuing police car was not involved in the crash.

A police communications spokeswoman said police staff reported the Subaru as travelling up to 120km/h in a 50km/h zone before the crash. 

Police took away two males who were in the Subaru. They were not believed to be injured.

The 22-year-old driver was arrested, and his 20-year-old passenger spoken to and released.

The three women in the Subaru were initially trapped in the vehicle but were cut from the wreckage by the fire service.

It was not known what injuries the women received.

A witness to the crash said he had called *555 to report the Subaru driving at high speeds along Rangiora Ave.

Another witness said she spoke to the passenger in the Subaru and he told her he had been filming as they drove, that he was uninjured and boasted about the top speed they reached.

Cordons were lifted near the scene just before 3pm.

The Independent Police Complaints Authority will be investigating the crash due to it being a pursuit. 

Manawatu Standard