100km police chase after petrol station drive off in Oamaru
A group of youths led police on a 100-kilometre chase down State Highway 1 after driving off from a North Otago petrol station.
The pursuit started on Severn St, Oamaru, shortly after 5am and was abandoned near Waianakarua, south of Oamaru, after about 40 minutes due to excessive speed, a police spokesman said.
Reports suggested the car was driving more than 160kmh.
Nearly 100km further south, spikes were set up to stop the vehicle.
"The car drove around the spikes but later stopped voluntarily, about 20kms south of Waikouaiti," police said.
Three men and a woman were arrested when police arrived at the vehicle.
The 19-year-old driver will appear in court on Wednesday, charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and theft.
Wednesday's incident was not the first long-distance pursuit to end in the small Otago town.
In October, Waikouaiti was the final stop on a 720km chase from Stoke, in Nelson.
Three separate pursuits were started and then abandoned as a 20-year-old drove his Subaru the length of the South Island.
He was arrested in Waikouaiti and plead guilty to charges of dangerous driving, failure to stop and driving while disqualified.