27 Mar 2014

Police cleared after Whanganui crash

3:06 pm on 27 March 2014

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has cleared police officers of any wrongdoing during a pursuit that claimed the life of a woman in Whanganui in November last year.

The IPCA says that when Ayla Nelson-Boyd, 21, failed an alcohol test at a checkpoint, police took her keys and she was taken home by her grandfather.

However, later that night she drove off using a spare key and when officers tried to pull the car over, she failed to stop. She eventually crashed the car into a tree.

The IPCA says the pursuit lasted just over two minutes in a well-lit residential area of Whanganui, with the police complying with the law and policy.