Police hunt pair after car chase
Police are hunting two men who led officers on a car chase across the Hauraki Plains before crashing, fleeing and allegedly stealing a farmer's tractor to escape.
The green John Deere was reported missing this morning.
It was fitted with a front end loading device and a fertiliser spreader at the rear and could pose a hazard for motorists, Senior Sergeant Peter van de Wetering, of Waikato Police, said.
At about 11pm last night police were alerted to a Nissan Skyline seen driving dangerously in Te Aroha.
A patrol found the car but it failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.
The driver led police across the Hauraki Plains and ended in Orini when the car crashed into a paddock and the two occupants fled.
Despite a police dog tracking in the area the offenders were not found.
There was no indication the occupants were injured and the car sustained minor damage.
"This morning a farmer who lives nearby has reported his John Deere tractor stolen when it was noticed missing at 7am,'' Wetering said.
''Police have had several patrols searching the wider Orini area looking for the tractor. We suspect the occupants from the car have stolen the tractor and we appeal to the public to report any sightings of it to police.''
The tractor is not registered for the road and could be a hazard so police are urging drivers anywhere in the surrounding area to be careful.
If the tractor is sighted people should call 111 in an emergency or 07 8586200 if it is not an emergency.
Enquiries are also continuing to establish if the Nissan was stolen and would like to hear from anyone in Te Aroha who could assist with information about this car.