Man arrested after dramatic chase through Auckland city
Members of the public helped police track down a man who had driven at high speed through central Auckland before abandoning his vehicle.
The incident started in Sandringham on Thursday afternoon, where police officers spotted a car being driven erratically and signalled for it to stop.
Auckland City Police Senior Sergeant Danny Meade said the driver failed to stop and was pursued to the Newton Road area, where officers abandoned the pursuit because of the manner in which the driver was driving.
The Eagle Helicopter took over, and continued to observe the car's movements.
"The driver travelled at speed down Queen Street, into Customs, Commerce and Quay Streets," Meade said.
"Around Quay Street the driver abandoned the car and fled on foot."
Nearby members of the public helped police by pointing out where he'd gone, allowing officers on foot to chase the man down.
The drama ended in the Britomart Train Station where he was arrested trying to get on a train.
A 31-year-old man has been charged with failing to stop, driving while disqualified, reckless driving and theft, relating to an earlier alleged petrol drive-off.
Meade said he was grateful to all those "eagle-eyed members of the public" who helped police track him down.