One person is dead and another seriously injured after a car fled police in Greymouth last night.
A police patrol saw a white Subaru station wagon being driven south along High St at high speed around 11pm. The constable turned on his lights and siren and pulled out to follow the vehicle. The driver did not stop.
High St veers left about 600 metres from where the vehicle was first seen and the officer quickly lost sight of the car.
When he came around the bend he found the car had crashed into a house on the left hand side of the street.
There were three people in the vehicle. One died at the scene and a second was trapped inside the vehicle for some time and suffered serious injuries. The third person suffered only minor injuries.
There was significant damage to the house, however no one was home at the time.
Police have launched a homicide investigation and a serious crash investigator is at the scene.