Hamilton police chase ends with crash

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 15:46 27/11/2013
Waikato Times

A driver smashed into the read of a SUV while fleeing police on River Road in Hamilton.

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Business owner Joe Comins unwittingly ended a police chase when he slammed on his brakes in front of a fleeing driver in the middle of Hamilton.

The driver of a white car failed to stop for police at the north end of River Rd about 1pm today and raced south onto Memorial Dr before colliding into the back of Comins' Nissan Pathfinder.

''I was freaking out to be fair mate,'' Comins, 34, said at the scene.''It all happened quite quick.''

The Cambridge resident had pulled over to take a phone call between plumbing and gas jobs. When he pulled out again he was in the middle of a police chase.''I didn't really know what was going on. I thought, s***, have I done something wrong?''

There were police cars at the Bridge St intersection ahead and sirens behind. Then he saw the road spikes laid out.

''They said, bang, stop, and I stopped the car. Then [the driver] revved up and tried to hit me after the fact, trying to push me.''

As the guys said it worked out perfectly because I was too big an obstacle to get passed.''

His SUV suffered minor damage and ''they got the guy so that's cool''.

Comins saw two teenage males make a run for it up the hill but officers chased them down.Two others remained in the white car.

Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said there were four people in the fleeing vehicle who were ''helping them with their enquiries''.

"It was fleeing driver incident and they failed to stop for us,'' he said. 

''They stopped because they ran into another vehicle. Speeds weren't flash and they will have to face penalties in relation to that."

They later confirmed that the Mazda Atenza had been stolen from Mt Wellington, Auckland, at 4.30am.

Two 15-year-old brothers and two male accomplices aged 16 and 17-years-old from South Auckland arrested following the crash which occured in a 50kmh zone.

It was likley they'd appear in the Hamilton District Court tomorrow.

O'Reilly couldn't say what speeds the car reached of what the driving behaviour was like.

The road was closed between Te Aroha and Bridge streets as police photographed the crash scene. 

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