Chase ends in arrest

A Nelson man who evaded police after a chase earlier this week is now in custody.

Nelson police last night thanked everyone involved in helping them find Zachary Isle, who had a number of warrants for his arrest, and who was involved in a potentially dangerous pursuit around Nelson on Tuesday, which police abandoned.

Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Steve Greally said the brief chase happened after a vehicle he and the other man were spotted by a police roading unit.

"The officer had decided to pull the vehicle over to check licence and warrant details, but the vehicle failed to stop and a short pursuit followed. It got to the point the officer in pursuit decided it was too dangerous and abandoned the chase," Greally said.

Police managed to catch one of the vehicle's occupants near the Nelson College grounds off Franklyn St. Greally said there were several warrants out for his arrest and police had been looking for him for some time. Isle ran from the scene but was found last night.

Police remain on the lookout for former Red Devils member Terry Jones. He is being sought as part of the nationwide drug bust dubbed Operation Genoa, in which 100 grams of methamphetamine and 2.4 kilograms of ephedrine were found in a Nelson storage unit that was registered in the name of an Auckland suspect in early May.

Police believe that Jones, of Richmond, has been working with the Auckland-based Head Hunters gang to continue to manufacture and supply methamphetamine.

Jones was arrested as part of Operation Explorer in 2011. He is on bail and due to reappear in court in July to face 28 charges. He is European, 175 centimetres tall and has a birthmark on his left cheek. Any information contact Nelson Police on 546 3840 or Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111.

The Nelson Mail