A car being chased at high speed by police finally stopped after running over police road spikes and travelling a short distance on only three wheels.

The car came to the police's attention on Kopuriki Rd, near Kaingaroa south east of Rotorua, about 12.30pm today because it had no registration plates, Senior Sergeant Malcolm Collins of the Bay of Plenty Police District Command Centre said.

Police chasing it reached speeds of up to 130km/h and called for help from nearby police units, Mr Collins said.

Another patrol car laid down road spikes and the vehicle being chased ran over them, causing a front tyre to deflate.


Mr Collins said the chase then went onto a gravel road and the vehicle allegedly continued to evade police, despite the tyre being deflated.

The car eventually stopped.

Mr Collins said a man had been arrested and would face charges including failing to stop for police and reckless driving.