A driver reached speeds of 150km/h during a police pursuit on the northern outskirts of Hamilton yesterday.
Senior Constable Jake van Selm of the Hamilton Law Enforcement Team said the Police pursuit was abandoned for safety reasons about 1.30pm.
"Cases of fleeing drivers are managed by the Police Northern Communications Centre and often, given the nature of the offender's driving, the pursuit has to be abandoned for safety reasons. In this case, the Subaru car reached speeds of around 150km/h in the driver's attempts to escape,’’ he said.
Once the pursuit was abandoned police officers conducting area searches were helped by members of the public who indicated where the vehicle had gone.
Police were then able to identify the Puketaha property the driver had fled to.
Mr van Selm said this assistance led to the arrest of the 29-year-old driver. Police are now trying to establish the identity and whereabouts of a second man travelling in the car.
"Previously the driver of the car had managed to evade officers through the nature of his driving however yesterday proves that when the public works with Police some great results can be achieved, Mr van Selm said.
The driver will appear in the Hamilton District Court today in relation to serious drugs charges while enquiries into drugs, scales and cash recovered from the car are continuing.
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