Fleeing driver and passenger sought by police
Two people who fled from police on the Desert Rd on Saturday afternoon might still be in the area looking for a lift.
Police attempted to stop a stolen car on State Highway One in the Tongariro area about 3pm.
The driver did not stop for police, and the car was later found dumped on Tree Trunk Gorge Rd.
The driver and passenger, possibly a man and a woman, ran off through nearby bush.
Police believe they are still in the area.
They are asking anyone who sees hitchhikers or pedestrians on the Desert Rd between Rangipo and Waiouru on Saturday evening to let police know.