Matthew Backhouse

Matthew Backhouse is an APNZ news reporter based in Wellington.

No charges yet after teen girls' crash

Emergency staff attend the scene of a crash involving four teenage girls. Photo / Supplied
Emergency staff attend the scene of a crash involving four teenage girls. Photo / Supplied

A group of teenage girls who allegedly caused mayhem at an Auckland cafe before crashing a stolen car in a police pursuit will be spoken to before a decision on charges is made.

Police say they have not yet interviewed all four girls, two of whom remain in Auckland Hospital after the crash on Kepa Rd in Kohimarama nine days ago.

The girls were allegedly fighting and knocking over tables at a Mission Bay cafe before police were called and found the teenagers in the stolen car.

Police pursued the girls for one minute before they crashed into a concrete block wall with such force that the impact shook neighbouring houses.

Part of the wall collapsed onto the car, trapping the girls. They had to be cut free.

A spokeswoman for Auckland Hospital said two 17-year-old girls remained in hospital in a stable but improving condition.

The 16-year-old driver of the car was discharged from hospital last week, and a 17-year-old passenger was discharged over the weekend.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police were still arranging times to speak to the occupants of the stolen vehicle.

"We want to do the full investigation before we start determining if, what and when we would charge."

He would not go into detail about what police had established so far, nor discuss what charges the girls might face, until the investigation was complete.

"We need to make sure we've spoken to everybody and then determine where we're heading."

Police were working with the Independent Police Conduct Authority, which is investigating the pursuit.

- APNZ

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