Driver reaches 145kmh in police chase before giving himself up


The chase started on Stage Highway 3 before turning onto Mangorei Rd.

A driver whose car didn’t have registration plates reached speeds of 145kmh along a rural road in Taranaki while evading police, before stopping and giving himself up.

Police began a pursuit of two cars on Junction Rd, south of New Plymouth, around 8.55pm on Saturday, Sergeant Royston Betteridge said.

He said neither car had registration plates and they didn’t look roadworthy.

The pursuit turned right onto Mangorei Rd with one of the cars reaching speeds of up to 145kmh before the chase was abandoned.

Betteridge said while there was no other traffic on the road at the time, the driver had endangered himself by driving at that speed.

He said as more police joined in the search, one car was located further down Mangorei Rd shortly after the pursuit and it was followed as it turned down Frankley Rd where road spikes were deployed.

“Police had put spikes in place to stop the vehicle but he stopped on his own accord,” Betteridge said.

“The single occupant of that car was arrested for failing to stop and dangerous driving.”

The man’s car was impounded and Betteridge said he would be appearing in court later in the week.

Inquiries were continuing to locate the second car.

 – Stuff

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