A 15-year-old was behind the wheel during a dramatic crash of a stolen car in Wainuiomata.

The blue Subaru was chased through Wainuiomata around midday today, at one point tearing through a church lawn just before worshippers were due to come out of the service.

The Subaru crashed into a parked car on Fitzherbert Rd, outside Valley Church, but didn't stop. Police managed to stop the vehicle about 50m further down the road.

The 15-year-old driver suffered moderate injuries in the crash, and required an ambulance.

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The road between The Strand and the shops was closed while police examined the scene and removed the vehicle.

The Serious Crash Unit will investigate.

A police spokesperson the matter was being referred to Youth Aid.