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.