14yo arrested following hit-and-run incident in Wellington

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A 14-year-old boy has been arrested following a hit-and-run incident in the Wellington region last week.

The incident, which occurred on Monday on Stokes Valley Rd, Lower Hutt, resulted in the injury of a road worker after a vehicle collided with him.

The alleged driver was apprehended on Sunday and has been spoken to.

Police say officers were driving along the road when they saw the driver of a vehicle turning from Chittick St trying to hide their identity.

"Due to this suspicious behaviour, officers have begun to make a U-turn and, during this, the vehicle has taken off at speed," a police statement says.

"Police officers have then initiated a pursuit with lights and sirens."

The chased vehicle lost control navigating corners and struck a traffic management worker, who was with a team working on powerlines.

It appeared the three occupants of the vehicle took off after it stopped.

The police car stopped by the stricken worker and an officer provided first aid until emergency services arrived, while the second police officer chased the driver.

The worker, aged in his 20s, was flown to hospital in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in a serious condition. He has since been released.

The teenager will appear in the Hutt Valley Youth Court on Wednesday.

He is charged with reckless driving causing injury, failing to ascertain injury and failing to stop.

- NZ Herald

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