Double police pursuit on Auckland motorways

A car was abandoned on the Southern Motorway this morning after a police pursuit. Photo / File
A car was abandoned on the Southern Motorway this morning after a police pursuit. Photo / File

Police chased two suspected stolen vehicles seen driving erratically early this morning, and they're still hunting for one.

One of the cars involved has been abandoned on the fast lane of the Papakura off-ramp and police are warning traffic is building up and may take some time to clear.

The drama began about 5am when Waitemata police saw the cars driving erratically on the northwestern motorway.

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One was a stolen vehicle that had failed to stop for police earlier in the night while the second was also thought to have been stolen.

The pursuits began when both cars sped off from police when signalled to stop and they fled south.

One of the pursuits was abandoned because the vehicle was travelling too fast and it was deemed unsafe.

The second vehicle was followed by a number of police on the southern motorway towards the Waikato Expressway.

It was seen turning around near the Te Kauwhata turn off heading back towards Auckland with police in tow.

Police eventually, and successfully, used road spikes to attempt to stop it with the car finally becoming undriveable near the Papakura off-ramp.

The occupants were arrested.

Police are now working to move the car however the traffic has built up and may take time to clear.

Police are still searching for the other vehicle involved in the chase.

- NZ Herald

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