NZ police arrest pair after fleeing driver incident

As stated by Inspector Rod Carpinter:

Two people are in custody following a fleeing driver incident across Tāmaki Makaurau this morning.

At around 5.20am, Police were alerted to a vehicle being stolen from an address in Francis Street, Hauraki.

The vehicle was located by the Police Eagle helicopter in the Birkenhead Village shops, and had fled from Police after being signalled to stop.

Police have spiked the vehicle as it got onto the motorway, however it has continued travelling southbound through the city and onto the Southern Motorway.

The offenders have then driven to Botany, where they have dumped the vehicle and stolen another one.

The pair has driven across South Auckland towards the airport, then along State Highway 20 through the Waterview Tunnel and towards Auckland City.

They have continued onto the Southern Motorway, heading back to the Ōtara area where it has been spiked again.

As the vehicle approached the Princes Street off ramp, the vehicle has caught fire and the occupants have surrendered to Police.

Two people were arrested without incident and Police enquiries are continuing.

Police are aware of the hazards these types of events can cause and we thank the public for their cooperation this morning in allowing Police to bring this incident to a close safely.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.