One man is in custody following a pursuit which led police on a chase throughout Welcome Bay and along the Tauranga Eastern Link.
A police media spokesperson says the pursuit was initiated when the driver of a stolen vehicle failed to stop for police near Maungatapu.
"The driver crashed in Welcome Bay trying to avoid road spikes and is now in custody."
A number of callers reported sightings of the chase.
One reader emailed SunLive to say she saw four police officers chasing a vehicle.
Another says the road is closed off outside Kaitemako Road.
"Seven police cars are blocking the road."
Another person says a police vehicle was damaged with the fleeing vehicle crashed on Welcome Bay Road.
This is the second pursuit in the Tauranga area in the last 12 hours.