Happy birthday, you're under arrest
A fleeing driver will spend his birthday in court today after a lengthy police chase in the Northern Waikato overnight.
Hamilton police shift manager, Senior Sergeant Kevin Anderson, said Waikato and Counties Manukau officers were both involved in the pursuit, which was sparked after a man failed to stop for a routine vehicle check in Huntly's Harris St about 1.40am today.
"The driver of the stolen red Honda Accord accelerated away from the police patrol and headed in a north-westerly direction along Hetherington Rd towards Waingaro while the male passenger was seen throwing items from the car," Mr Anderson said.
The car then turned right on to State Highway 22, prompting officers from Counties Manukau to become involved.
Road spikes were deployed at the intersection of SH22 and Churchill Rd, by the Onewhero Golf Course, but bit was not until several kilometres later that the Honda was stopped on Mercer Ferry Rd.
Both men in the car were arrested and charged with the theft of the car and driving offences.
The driver turned 18 today, so will be spending his birthday at Hamilton District Court as an adult offender, Mr Anderson said.
"Waikato Police would like to highlight the futility of drivers attempting to flee our staff, with modern technology it is very difficult to out run a radio and behaving in such a manner only adds to the risks to our staff, the offenders and other road users."