Two 15-year-old boys from Taihape have been arrested after a high-speed car chase between Palmerston North and Horowhenua.
Police allege the driver reached speeds of 180km/h. He has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, careless use of a vehicle and dangerous driving.
The pursuit began after reports of the theft of a Subaru from a shed on Main Trunk Line, Palmerston North.
A police patrol spotted the car heading south from Palmerston North. Horowhenua police picked up the chase as it entered Shannon and continued south towards Levin.
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Senior sergeant Willie Roy of Levin police said when the stolen vehicle entered a built-up area his staff backed away from the chase.
The car continued at speed through Levin hitting one car as it went through a roundabout.
Police say it ran a red light as it turned north onto State Highway 1, clipping another vehicle, and nearly hitting a woman pushing a pram on a crossing.
Police got ahead of the Subaru as it travelled north on State Highway 1 and laid down spikes.
The chase continued north of Foxton where the car was boxed in and brought to a halt with both front tyres deflated.
Mr Roy said the accused helping police with their enquiries into other stolen vehicles.