A group of teen offenders in custody at a youth justice facility have spoken up about why they flee police - giving rare insight into a growing and often fatal issue in New Zealand.

The teens have shared their own experiences of fleeing police, explaining why they put their foot down - repeatedly in most cases - and what they think of police who chase them.

They say a fear of police, not wanting to get caught in stolen cars or with stolen property or simply being on drugs are the main factors for taking off.

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LETTERS FROM THE INSIDE: TEEN OFFENDERS ON FLEEING POLICE

Teen 1: I don't like the way police treat me

Youth two and three: offenders will drive at fast speed to 'escape'

Youth four: our adrenaline goes up, but so does our fear

Youth five: I recall times I chose to pull a chase

The Chase: a Herald series on pursuits