A witness has slammed the driver of a car that fled police in Dunedin today as an "inconsiderate idiot" and says it is lucky he did not take out an innocent bystander.

Emergency services were called after a car flipped down a 3m bank at the intersection of Main South Rd and Quarry Rd, Green Island, about 8.15am.

Dunedin Area Response Manager Senior Sergeant Rebecca Hill said police tried to stop a vehicle about 8.15am in relation to a "family harm incident" earlier in the morning.

"The vehicle fled police on Quarry Rd and crashed into a power pole after a very short time.

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Witness saw the pole snapping in half and the car taking out a mesh wire fence before falling on its roof down a 3m bank. Photo / Gerard O'Brien, Otago Daily Times
Witness saw the pole snapping in half and the car taking out a mesh wire fence before falling on its roof down a 3m bank. Photo / Gerard O'Brien, Otago Daily Times

"No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured."

Hill said the driver was not thought to be seriously injured.

A witness said on the Otago Daily Times Facebook page she saw the driver being chased at high-speed through Green Island while taking her children to school.

She slammed the driver as a "careless inconsiderate idiot" for initiating a police chase in a suburban area on a weekday morning.

"Just glad he didn't take out anyone innocent," she said.

Another witness working on a forklift in the yard below where the black Subaru ended up, said he heard sirens and saw the car hitting a power pole at speed.

The pole snapped in half and the car took out a mesh wire fence before falling on its roof down a 3m bank.

Driver of a car fled police in Green Island. Photo / Gerard O'Brien, Otago Daily Times
Driver of a car fled police in Green Island. Photo / Gerard O'Brien, Otago Daily Times

"There was sh*t flying everywhere."

The male driver, the only person in the car, was dragged out of the smoking wreck by a police officer and a fellow worker of the witness.

A St John spokesman said the driver was taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.