21 Jan 2019

Truckies help police nab driver after slow chase through city

11:57 am on 21 January 2019

Truck drivers intervened to help bring an end to a low-speed police chase in Dunedin early this morning.

Police lights

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The chase started after the man refused to stop for officers about 2.40am.

For more than 30 minutes the motorist led the police on a slow, meandering chase through the suburbs of Maori Hill, Kaikorai Valley and South Dunedin.

Sergeant John Hedges said the man was selective about which road rules he followed.

"I heard he had gone through red lights but then he would stop at stop signs and then when the cops came up close to him he'd take off again," he said.

"That's the whole reason they left the pursuit going because no one was around, it wasn't a danger. But he just wasn't stopping at any stage."

After managing to evade police in the city the motorist led police on to the Southern Motorway, where he came undone.

"Police attempted to deploy spikes five times but he went around them," Mr Hedges said.

"Eventually he was slowed down behind some trucks, got out and ran, and was caught.

"It looks like they [the truckies] have pretty much slowed everything down. They've seen the car chase earlier and realised if we slow down here that's the [offender] behind us."

The 32-year-old motorist was arrested and would appear in the Dunedin District Court today to face driving charges later today.

Police were looking to locate the truck drivers to thank them for their assistance, Mr Hedges said.