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Police chase neared Covid border before tyres blew and offender crashed

A police chase on Saturday neared the Mōkau Covid checkpoint and later ended in a crash. (File pic)

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A police chase on Saturday neared the Mōkau Covid checkpoint and later ended in a crash. (File pic)

A man has been taken into police custody following a car chase which neared the Covid-19 border north of Taranaki and ended in a crash.

The 26-year-old was taken into custody on Okoki Rd, Urenui, on Saturday after failing to stop for police.

Officers spotted the car, which had an alert on it for a petrol drive-off, around 11.15am near Waitara, a police spokeswoman said.

The driver was subsequently signalled to stop near Mōkau, but failed to do so and continued driving south.

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Spikes were deployed several times but the driver continued, despite one tyre being down to the rims, the spokeswoman said.

At 11.55am a second tyre blew out and the car crashed off the road.

Nobody was injured in the crash and the driver was taken into custody.

He is scheduled to appear in New Plymouth District Court on Monday.

The spokeswoman said police were not sure where the man was heading when near Mōkau, but it was understood he did not cross the border.

A checkpoint was set up on Thursday afternoon outside The Whitebait Inn in Mōkau, following the announcement Waikato’s level 3 bubble would be extended south to the Mōkau River.

This article first show on www.stuff.co.nz Source link Author TARA SHASKEY on date 2021-10-09 02:34:20

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