Belinda Feek is a NZ Herald reporter

Five arrested, police car rammed after Hamilton pursuit

Police put a stolen car on a tow truck outside the Claudelands Event Centre after it was involved in a police pursuit in Hamilton early today. Photo / Supplied
Police put a stolen car on a tow truck outside the Claudelands Event Centre after it was involved in a police pursuit in Hamilton early today. Photo / Supplied

Two car loads of people led police on a chase around Hamilton in stolen vehicles, and even though one of the cars crashed, the other rammed a patrol car before taking off again.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Mike Underwood said police first noticed the two vehicles about 1am were travelling together and then realised both vehicles were stolen - one from Tauranga and the other New Plymouth - earlier that day.

A pursuit began in the Hamilton East/Claudelands area with both vehicles fleeing. However, one crashed leaving the two female occupants with serious and moderate injuries.

Police surround a vehicle after it was stopped by using road spikes on Heaphy Tce, Claudelands, early Thursday morning. Photo / Supplied
Police surround a vehicle after it was stopped by using road spikes on Heaphy Tce, Claudelands, early Thursday morning. Photo / Supplied

The other vehicle then rammed a patrol car before taking off, travelling on its rims, for a short while before road spikes were laid and it came to halt.

All five - aged between 15 and 18 - have been arrested and will face a variety of charges, including breach of bail.

A local resident was woken by the noise outside her house. She didn't hear the car driving on its rims but heard all the police sirens, before the car finally came to a stop outside the Claudelands Event Centre.

"I was asleep and got woken up. I got a fright, if anything," she said.

She heard police tell the occupants to "get out and get down".

She's used to hearing police sirens go past her house but said today's incident was "hard out".

Underwood said the two women will first have to recover from their injuries in Waikato Hospital.

Three men and two women have been arrested and will face a variety of charges including breaching bail.

"This incident took approximately eight minutes from when police signalled to the vehicles to stop, to when the second vehicle stopped.

"This incident could have ended very differently. These drivers have put not only themselves and their passengers in danger, but also members of the public with their dangerous driving.

"Police staff were also put at risk when their vehicle is rammed. People need to think twice before attempting to evade police. It's not worth risking your life or anyone else's life."

- NZ Herald

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