100km police chase after petrol station drive off in Oamaru

A 19-year-old driver led police on a 100km chase on Wednesday morning from Oamaru to Waikouaiti.
MAARTEN HOLL/ FAIRFAX NZ

A 19-year-old driver led police on a 100km chase on Wednesday morning from Oamaru to Waikouaiti.

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.

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"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.

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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.

 - Stuff

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