27 Jan 2015

High-speed police pursuits in Waikato

9:53 pm on 27 January 2015

Two high-speed police pursuits took place in Waikato earlier tonight, one of which had at least three police cars chasing a fleeing driver.

The earlier chase began about 7.20pm, when a vehicle passed a parked police car at speed in the Hamilton suburb of Hillcrest.

That pursuit lasted 15 minutes and involved at least three police cars.

Police said officers tried to use road spikes to stop the getaway vehicle but were unsuccessful.

They said it was abandoned due to the dangerous manner of driving and the vehicle was still being sought by police.

Just before 9pm, a second pursuit got underway in Matamata but lasted just two minutes before the police lost track of the vehicle.