The driver of a car involved in a fatal police pursuit in Cambridge on Wednesday night faces seven charges including one of manslaughter over the death of one passenger.

Cameron Thomas, of no fixed abode, is also charged with two counts of reckless driving causing injury, one of failing to stop, failing to render assistance after the crash, driving while disqualified and driving with an excess breath alcohol.

Thomas, 34, was arrested after the crash on Scott St in Leamington at 6.45pm.

A hearing was held in his absence at the Hamilton District Court this afternoon while Thomas remained at Waikato Hospital with minor injuries.


Thomas is accused of trying to flee police when the crash happened at the intersection with Moore St.

Shane Hohepa died at the scene and a woman remains in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital.

Another man is in a serious condition in the hospital's high dependency unit.

Police allege Thomas's excess breath alcohol level was twice the legal driving limit.

Judge David Wilson remanded Thomas in custody to appear again in the High Court at Hamilton on October 17.