High speed chase through Hamilton
A man fled through Hamilton in a stolen car at speeds of up to 105kmh before leaping out of the moving vehicle and sprinting into a block of suburban homes, police allege.
The high-speed chase started in a Kahikatea Drv driveway in Hamilton about 3.10am today. It ended in a nearby property an hour later after a police dog and handler followed a trail over up to 80 boundary fences.
‘‘It was an outstanding track’’ Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend, of the Waikato District Command Centre, said.
But it would not have been required if the keys were not left in the ignition of a Nissan Maxima that was allegedly stolen from a Kahikatea Drv home.
‘‘Within moments it was spotted by police and an attempt was made to stop the the vehicle at which point the driver fled from us at high speed through town,’’ Friend said.
The driver allegedly reached speeds of 105kmh in a 50kmh zone before slowing up and bowling out of the still-moving vehicle near where it was originally taken. All this unfolded in a matter of minutes.
Friend guessed the car would have been travelling at less than 20kmh as the driver disembarked.
The man disappeared into a block of suburban homes and a tracking dog and handler were brought in to sniff him out.
Friend said the pair followed the trail for up to 50 minutes before finding a 30-year-old Hamilton man holed up on private property on Wickham St. He could not say whether the alleged offender had clambered under a bush, entered a building or was hiding in some other way when the dog found him.
The track was mapped via GPS which showed the ‘‘outstanding’’ work in detail.
It was damp and cold and there were other people around that could have interfered with the trail. Nor was it a clear run.
‘‘If that block was 30 by 20 properties, he did laps like this [round and round]. He must have gone over 60,70, 80 fences just looking at it briefly. He’s been running for 45 minutes. It’s certainly an outstanding track to keep going for that long and to catch him.’’
The dog and handler were modest about their work and did not seek publicity.
The man was due to appear in Hamilton District Court yesterday.
Friend said the man was also a disqualified driver who was breaching bail by getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.