Police abandon chase but track down driver

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 13:04 28/07/2014

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Police initially had to abandon a night-time pursuit of a car towing a trailer after the driver allegedly switched off its lights and swerved from side to side across the road.

The Mitsubishi Lancer was later surrounded by patrol cars in North Canterbury before the driver pulled on to footpath and ran into the grounds of a school, police said.

He was tracked by a police dog and arrested without incident.

Inside the car, police found an axe and drugs, including LSD and methamphetamine.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the car and trailer, which was carrying car parts, are stolen.

Sergeant Rob Irvine said the incident unfolded near Sandhill Rd, Woodend, after police saw a car towing a trailer without any lights about 9.50pm on Saturday.

"It [the car] failed to stop for police. A pursuit followed and was abandoned by police due to the driving behaviour of the fleeing car," Irvine said.

"[The car] was going from side to side and the trailer was swinging violently and it turned its lights out."

The car was later seen near Woodend School and surrounded by police, he said.

A 25-year-old Kaiapoi man was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and possession of the Class-A drugs methamphetamine and LSD.

The car and trailer were both unwarranted and unregistered, Irvine said.

"There are highly suspicious circumstances surrounding those items.

"Identification on the car didn't match the description on the car."

The trailer was "purpose-built" and likely worth a lot of money. 

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