A man has fled on foot after a police pursuit in Northland this morning.

Officers have put cordons and road spikes on Houto Rd, off State Highway 14, as they search for the driver.

The pursuit began just after 8.30am near Maunu and officers followed the vehicle towards Dargaville before it turned off on Houto Rd.

The vehicle was found abandoned about 9.50am.

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A police dog and handler are on their way to the scene.