Five arrested after city collision

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 10:53 10/03/2013
Westhaven Marina, Auckland
GRAHAME COX/Fairfax NZ

COLLISION: The scene after last night's Auckland crash involving a stolen car and a family towing a boat.

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Five men were arrested in Auckland last night after they fled police in an allegedly stolen car and then T-boned a vehicle towing a boat.

Police say the men were clocked travelling nearly 90kmh through Ponsonby - a 50kmh zone - yesterday evening after they allegedly stole the car in the morning.

When a patrol car tried to pull over the driver, he sped away along Jervois Rd, down College Hill and past Victoria Park.

Police abandoned the pursuit near Jervois Rd when the car went through a red light, Senior Sergeant Junior Abraham said.

"Unfortunately a vehicle towing a boat has pulled out of Westhaven Marina and the car, coming along Beaumont St, has T-boned the car and boat," Abraham said. "It was quite an extensive crash."

One of the men in the stolen car was trapped for a time with a broken leg. The other four tried to run away, but were chased and caught by police.

The family with the boat were shaken, but unhurt.

All five offenders were arrested, with some spent a night in hospital. They will appear in court this week to face a raft of offences, including theft.

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