Police pursue car past school in dramatic 24-hour period on Wairarapa roads

Two chases in 24 hours kept Wairarapa police busy.
SIMON MAUDE/FAIRFAX NZ

Two chases in 24 hours kept Wairarapa police busy.

Masterton police pursued a car at high speed past a school on Thursday morning.

The chase, which began at 8.18am when a car refused to pull over, was one of two pursuits in Wairarapa over a 24-hour period.

In the Thursday morning chase, police attempted to pull over a driver in a Mitsubishi.

When the car sped off, police chased it for about seven minutes at speeds up to 90kmh in a 50kmh zone that included two schools.

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The chase ended when the vehicle stopped at a stop sign and the driver gave himself up.

A 25-year-old Masterton man appeared in court on Friday on charges of dangerous driving and failing to stop. He was remanded in custody. 

The other chase, which wound its way through Featherston, Martinborough, Carterton and Greytown, began about midnight on Friday when someone stumbled upon a burglary in progress in Martinborough. 

The burglars fled in a Nissan Pulsar that had been reported stolen from Featherston station hours earlier. 

Police caught up with the car outside Carterton and pursued it towards Featherston at speeds of up to 140kmh.

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Police laid two sets of spike strips to slow the car. It avoided the first, but hit the second between Featherston and Greytown.

The car managed to labour on to Featherston, where damage to the tyres caused it to catch fire.

Two men, aged 17 and 19, were arrested and appeared in Masterton District Court on Friday.

 - Stuff

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