Fugitive driver hurt in crash

By Mike Dinsdale

A Whangarei man was taken to hospital after crashing into a power pole shortly after police abandoned a pursuit of his car.

Police Acting Sergeant Ken Andrews said police were waiting to speak to the man before deciding what charges to lay after the crash on Kamo Rd yesterday.

He said a police patrol spotted a car breaking the 50km/h speed limit on Kiripaka Rd, Tikipunga, about midnight yesterday.

The patrol had tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped off, with police in pursuit along Mill Rd, Nixon St and on to Kamo Rd.

The driver had allegedly driven through several red lights and overtaken vehicles on the wrong side of the road.

Mr Andrews said the patrol had abandoned the pursuit due to the high speed of the fleeing car.

However, further along Kamo Rd it had come across the vehicle crashed into a power pole near McMillan Ave.

A 23-year-old Whangarei man was taken from the car to Whangarei Hospital with suspected serious injuries.

Anybody who saw the pursuit or the car crashing is asked to contact Whangarei police on 4304500.

- Northern Advocate

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