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.

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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.