One person has been charged as police continue to search for an offender who fled a checkpoint in Hastings, starting a police pursuit through busy city streets in morning rush-hour traffic.

A police spokesperson said one person has been charged with failing to stop for police as they attempted to stop a vehicle at a checkpoint in Frimley, which then fled down Frederick St shortly after 8.20am on Monday.

It fled across Karamu Rd and down Grove Rd, past Splash Planet, before coming to a stop on Windsor Ave.

A Hawke's Bay Today reporter at the scene said an abandoned vehicle on the corner of Windsor Ave and Louie St, surrounded by police cars, was smoking and a possible fire appeared to have been extinguished.

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Two fire engines were at the scene.

Police said they had been unable to locate the driver of the vehicle and are still working to locate them.