Road spikes were used and armed police involved after the driver of a vehicle fled police in West Auckland this afternoon.
Police tried to stop the vehicle on Great North Rd just before 2pm after the driver left a petrol station without paying, a spokeswoman said.
"The vehicle fled from police and was spiked on Forest Hill Rd [Henderson] about 2.15pm.
"An armed vehicle stop was conducted, and the sole occupant taken into custody."
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A decision about charges was still being finalised, but it appeared the vehicle had previously been reported stolen, the spokeswoman said.