Driver spends birthday in court

A fleeing driver will be having an unusual birthday today when he appears in the Hamilton District court on driving charges following a lengthy pursuit in the Northern Waikato overnight.

Hamilton Shift Manager, Senior Sergeant Kevin Anderson says Waikato and Counties Manukau officers combined to affect the arrest after the man failed to stop for a routine vehicle check in Huntly's Harris St about 1.43am.

"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.

"Officers noticed the car turn right on to SH22, because pursuits such as this are managed by the Police Northern Communications Centre Waikato staff were able to co-ordinated from the south while Counties staff were directed towards Tuakau."

Kevin says a police patrol deployed road spikes at the intersection of SH22 and Churchill Road by the Onewhero Golf Course but bit wasn't until several kilometres later that the Honda was stopped on Mercer Ferry Road.

"Both males were arrested and charged with the theft of the car and driving offences, we understand the man driving is turning 18 today and as such will be appearing in the Hamilton District Court as an adult offender.

"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."

Source: Waikato Police.



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