Police pursuit in Central Otago

Last updated 12:56 05/09/2014
Police in Alexandra
Jo McKenzie-McLean

SPIKES LAID OUT: Central Otago police attempt to stop a driver fleeing from police across the gorge from Cromwell. The driver managed to dodge road spikes laid out across State Highway 8 leading into the Alexandra township.

Police in Alexandra
Jo McKenzie-McLean
DODGED: The car - a blue Honda Civic Saloon - avoids the road spikes and heads towards Alexandra.

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Central Otago police are searching for a driver who managed to dodge road spikes and flee police this morning.

Traffic was diverted while police tried to intercept the driver who reached speeds of up to 140kmh during a pursuit.

Police threw road spikes across a section of State Highway 8, near Muttontown Rd. However, the driver managed to avoid the spikes and continued into the township where he gave police the slip.

Senior Sergeant Craig Brown said the pursuit started on the Tarras-Cromwell Highway when a Southern District Highway Patrol member signalled the driver travelling at high speed to stop.

''The driver failed to stop for police and continued travelling towards Cromwell. A tyre deflation device was set up near Muttontown, however the driver of the fleeing vehicle avoided this and continued on towards Alexandra.''

The pursuit of the vehicle was abandoned due to safety concerns as the vehicle approached Alexandra.

The car was sighted a short time later in Alexandra where the motorist began to drive off at speed.

The vehicle, a blue Honda Civic Saloon, was last seen heading up Little Valley Rd and was believed to be in the area of "White Sands". 

Entrances to this area - which is predominantly craggy, dry and remote countryside - have been blocked by police and police are searching the area.

If anyone sees this vehicle or anybody acting suspiciously, they should contact police.

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