The driver of a stolen vehicle who led police on a chase across Auckland before bursting onto the platform at the Middlemore train station is facing a raft of charges.
Police say the 31-year-old driver, who is hospital under guard but no longer in a serious condition, will be charged with:
• Failing to Stop
• Endangering Transport
• Resisting Police
• Unlawfully taking a vehicle
• Assault with a blunt instrument
• Driving while suspended
The chase began shortly before 10.45am in Panmure and ended up with the driver being tasered at Middlemore station and needing treatment after having a medical event.
A man, who didn't want to be named, said he was driving home from Sylvia Park when the
Honda Odyssey, came through traffic lights along the Ellerslie-Panmure Highway with its bumper dragging on the road behind it.
"There was this dreadful racket and my wife said 'what's that', then we saw this white minivan come through the lights with its bumper dragging on the road," he said.
"I looked in the rear view mirror and then the vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road and continued driving down there, weaving in and out."
He then saw police "making chase" from about half a kilometre back with flashing lights.
This included about four police cars with flashing lights and another behind without its lights on that looked like a dog van, the man said.
The police weren't in hot pursuit but driving within the speed limit.
"They were just driving, the sirens weren't going, just the lights were flashing."
The man said the minivan - while driving erratically - was travelling within the speed limit.
"It wasn't foot to the floor. But they had this bumper dragging behind."
He said he was surprised to hear the minivan ended up at Middlemore station because that was about 4km-5km away from where he saw the vehicle.
The car's driver began fleeing from police after officers noticed it as being stolen and the force's Eagle helicopter was called in monitored it from overhead.
The vehicle then continued driving dangerously across East Auckland, where the driver was observed swerving lanes and driving into oncoming traffic.
It then traveled through Mt Wellington and Otahuhu, where at one point it collided with a member of the public's vehicle at the intersection of Atkinson Ave and Princes St.
Fortunately the occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.
Inspector Duncan Hall said the driver then continued to flee and drove onto the Middlemore train station platform.
Police then moved in to arrest the four occupants of the car and tasered the driver, Hall said.
"The man has subsequently had a medical event and first aid has immediately been given," Hall said.
"He has been transported to hospital in a serious condition."
Three other occupants in the car have been arrested and a scene examination and inquiries into the incident are now underway.
Some city train services had to be halted due to the police operation.
At least one of the vehicle's tyres is shredded and the rear bumper is missing.
Video taken from a passing car shows a damaged white people-mover vehicle on the railway station platform, surrounded by emergency workers.
"Due to an emergency services call-out there are no train services operating via Middlemore Hospital. Further updates to follow," Auckland Transport said.
Trains across the Eastern and Southern train lines were initially delayed or cancelled due to the incident.
Southern line services have since resumed using platform 2 at Middlemore for travel towards Britomart and Papakura.
Eastern line services are terminating at Otahuhu, with bus replacements operating between Otahuhu and Manukau.