A driver who allegedly led police on two pursuits in one day in Rotorua has been arrested and will face court today.

A driver allegedly failed to stop for police around 8.50am on Thursday and was pursued again at 2.30pm, but police abandoned both chases, police said in a statement.

The police's statement said the driver allegedly failed to stop for police in the Brent Rd area and a short pursuit was started, but abandoned in Morey St.

"The same vehicle was seen again around 2.30pm on Te Ngae Rd, Owhata, and the man failed to stop for police when requested," a police spokesperson said in the statement.


"The man drove across a median barrier, and also attempted to drive the vehicle straight towards a police officer who was laying road spikes.

"Police abandoned the pursuit due to the man's manner of driving."

A 31-year-old man was arrested at a private address in Rotorua on Thursday night and charged with failing to stop and unlawfully being in a motor vehicle. He will appear in Rotorua District Court on Friday.

Further charges are likely, the spokesperson said.