Police pursuit drama on SH2

END OF THE CHASE: The 18-year-old driver of this stolen utility was arrested this morning after a vehicle search and pursuit that followed an alleged burglary at Makaraka at 6am and ended close to three hours later. The car police allege was involved in the burglary caught fire on Otoko Hill (next picture). Picture by Debbie Gregory
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POLICE stopped a stolen utility vehicle and arrested the driver this morning to end a dramatic highway pursuit that eventually ended at the Jackson Road-State Highway 2 corner at Waerenga-a-Hika.

Parts of State Highway 2 were closed off by police at different times during the pursuit in the interests of public safety.

The drama started at about 6am when police received a call about a burglary taking place at a Makaraka property.

“When police arrived, their car was rammed by an offending vehicle and one person in that vehicle ran off,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“That person, aged 30, was arrested later in Fergusson Drive.”

Det Sgt Ford said the driver of the car took off after ramming the police car, heading north towards Te Karaka.

“On Otoko Hill the vehicle caught fire.”

Police have yet to establish how the car caught fire.

“Shortly after it happened, a passing motorist stopped to help and the offender took his utility and drove off towards Matawai.”

Firefighters from the Te Karaka volunteer brigade were called at 6.30am to deal with the car fire.

“The vehicle was in the middle of the road on the Matawai side of the hill and was fully involved when we got there,” said fire chief Jamie Simpson.

“It had started to burn the road surface but we got there in time to stop too much damage to the road. The car was gutted.”

Headed to Gisborne

Det Sgt Ford said the offender drove the ute into the Waioeka Gorge then turned around and headed back to Gisborne.

“Police were either following him or searching for him at different times over a long period.

“Road spikes were deployed to try to stop the vehicle as it went along SH2 back towards Gisborne, but the vehicle kept going.

“It was eventually brought to a halt in a forced vehicle stop at the Jackson Road corner at Waerenga-a-Hika and an 18-year-old man was arrested.”

The youth was not injured.

He has been charged with burglary, dangerous driving, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

“Other charges will follow,” Det Sgt Ford said.

The 30-year-old was arrested on warrant and police were still looking at charges he would face when The Herald went to print.

“We will opppose bail when they make an initial appearance in the Gisborne District Court today.

“Our inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

Area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said police had to stop the offending vehicle before it got to the more populated area of Makaraka.

“Public safety was paramount. The officers pursuing it tried all sorts of things to stop it, including road spikes,” Insp Aberahama said.

“Some of the tyres were blown out but it kept going until the officers were able to spin it out and off the road at the Jackson Road corner.

“I am very pleased to have the incident resolved with no one hurt,” he said.

“The police involved did a great job.”

POLICE stopped a stolen utility vehicle and arrested the driver this morning to end a dramatic highway pursuit that eventually ended at the Jackson Road-State Highway 2 corner at Waerenga-a-Hika.

Parts of State Highway 2 were closed off by police at different times during the pursuit in the interests of public safety.

The drama started at about 6am when police received a call about a burglary taking place at a Makaraka property.

“When police arrived, their car was rammed by an offending vehicle and one person in that vehicle ran off,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford.

“That person, aged 30, was arrested later in Fergusson Drive.”

Det Sgt Ford said the driver of the car took off after ramming the police car, heading north towards Te Karaka.

“On Otoko Hill the vehicle caught fire.”

Police have yet to establish how the car caught fire.

“Shortly after it happened, a passing motorist stopped to help and the offender took his utility and drove off towards Matawai.”

Firefighters from the Te Karaka volunteer brigade were called at 6.30am to deal with the car fire.

“The vehicle was in the middle of the road on the Matawai side of the hill and was fully involved when we got there,” said fire chief Jamie Simpson.

“It had started to burn the road surface but we got there in time to stop too much damage to the road. The car was gutted.”

Headed to Gisborne

Det Sgt Ford said the offender drove the ute into the Waioeka Gorge then turned around and headed back to Gisborne.

“Police were either following him or searching for him at different times over a long period.

“Road spikes were deployed to try to stop the vehicle as it went along SH2 back towards Gisborne, but the vehicle kept going.

“It was eventually brought to a halt in a forced vehicle stop at the Jackson Road corner at Waerenga-a-Hika and an 18-year-old man was arrested.”

The youth was not injured.

He has been charged with burglary, dangerous driving, and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

“Other charges will follow,” Det Sgt Ford said.

The 30-year-old was arrested on warrant and police were still looking at charges he would face when The Herald went to print.

“We will opppose bail when they make an initial appearance in the Gisborne District Court today.

“Our inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

Area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama said police had to stop the offending vehicle before it got to the more populated area of Makaraka.

“Public safety was paramount. The officers pursuing it tried all sorts of things to stop it, including road spikes,” Insp Aberahama said.

“Some of the tyres were blown out but it kept going until the officers were able to spin it out and off the road at the Jackson Road corner.

“I am very pleased to have the incident resolved with no one hurt,” he said.

“The police involved did a great job.”

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Wasn't me...................... - 11 days ago
Feel sorry for the owner of the ute, "it's ricked". He's 18 and I bet both his parents have no money to pay the owner, who probably has worked hard for that ute . . . "good on the police".

Johny Diesel - 11 days ago
The police did a great job. No one was injured and the suspect is in custody.
It is a shame that by trying to help, fearing someone was injured, I lost my ute.
This will not stop me helping people who need it. I find it difficult to understand how a person who allegedly committed a petty crime could escalate things so much that other people's live were put at risk.

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