Two car chases add to growing trend of fleeing drivers in Waikato

One pursuit stretched 25km from Hamilton to Ngaruawahia before the car was stopped.

One pursuit stretched 25km from Hamilton to Ngaruawahia before the car was stopped.

Fleeing police is just what some people do.

When one of six people arrested after night of car chases in the Waikato was asked why he ran, he replied, "it's what I do".

The first chase went for about 30 minutes before the carload of offenders came to a stop near Ngaruawahia. 

Four people were inside the vehicle which police first tried to stop in Frankton, Hamilton around 1am on Tuesday. 

The stolen car was spotted by police being driven erratically, Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson of Waikato police said. 

An ensuing pursuit stretched from Frankton to Temple View and along State Highway 39 to Ngaruawahia where, after a tiki tour around the streets, the car finally came to stop on Hakarimata Rd. 

Simpson would not elaborate on exactly how the pursuit ended but said a police car did sustain minor damage. 

"The vehicle was stopped and police caught up with the four people who ran from the vehicle and were all caught in the vicinity."

All four in the vehicle were found to be in breach of bail, or had a warrant out for their arrest.

Then at 4.18am police in Huntly tried to stop a car registered to a disqualified driver. 

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But the driver wasn't stopping and a brief pursuit unfolded down Duke St, Simpson said. 

The car was stopped and the driver, a man, was arrested. Meanwhile, his passenger made a run for it but was chased down by a dog handler. 

When arrested the man was asked why he ran, to which he replied, "it's what I do", Simpson said. 

Waikato has been plagued with fleeing drivers this year with one pursuit a night on average over recent weeks, Simpson said. 

Most had ended in successful catches, he said, due to good communication by the pursuing officer and communications centre which overseas any car chases. 


 - Stuff

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