Police are searching for a driver after a high-speed pursuit through central Otago.

Police said an officer signalled a driver travelling too fast to stop on the Tarras-Cromwell Highway this morning.

The driver wouldn't stop and led police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 140km/h.

Police said a tyre deflation device was set up but the fleeing vehicle avoided it and continued on towards Alexandra.


The pursuit of the vehicle was then abandoned due to safety concerns.

The vehicle, a blue Honda civic saloon, was last seen heading up Little Valley Road, near Alexandra, and entrances to the area were blocked by police.