The Armed Offenders Squad and a police Eagle helicopter have been deployed to help Bay of Plenty police arrest an alleged offender in Taupō.

A police spokeswoman said police attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle believed to be driven by a wanted offender in Wharewaka about 1pm.

The driver fled towards Taupō on State Highway 1.

Police are now searching for the driver in the east Taupō area.

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