Driver hits pole, house in bid to elude police
A man in a stolen car crashed into a pole, then a house, as he tried to evade police. He ran off, but was caught trying to break into a Hamilton home. The string of crimes started around
1.20am on Saturday, when police saw a Mazda Atenza with no headlights on, speeding down Hukanui Rd in Chartwell. It was a stolen vehicle, Senior Sergeant Tina Shaw said. ‘‘The vehicle crashed into a light pole on the corner of Hukanui and Bankwood roads, but then sped off again,’’ she said. Police abandoned the pursuit, but within five minutes were called to Sefton Cres. The car had hit a house – causing very minor damage – and the driver had run off. ‘‘[He] was soon located when he tried to force his way into a home,’’ Shaw said. The
27-year-old Hamilton man had injuries from a glass door he had tried to get through, so police took him to hospital. However, he would face several traffic-related charges, Shaw said. In a separate incident, earlier in the evening, police arrested a 33-year-old man from the Far North. Road spikes were used in the pursuit of a vehicle first seen speeding on Mitcham Ave in Forest Lake around 11.30pm on Friday. The spikes slowed the Toyota Celica, and it eventually stopped. The driver was arrested around 11.50pm, and would be facing charges, including dangerous driving and excess breath alcohol, Shaw said. And, in a third incident, police found a Mazda Familia that had been reported stolen, and two teenagers breaking into another car nearby. Reports of a stolen Familia in Rototuna North came in just before midnight on Friday, Shaw said. Police found the stolen car, and two 16-year-old males breaking into a nearby vehicle.