Police have confirmed a vehicle that crashed on Te Ngae Rd this morning had been chased for speeding.

A media spokeswoman said it was spotted near the corner with Wharenui Rd at 9.27am and police "initiated a brief pursuit but lost sight of it a while later".

"The vehicle subsequently crashed and two persons sustained minor injuries. The driver has been arrested."

A witness from Ōwhata surgery on Te Ngae Rd said they heard the sound of loud skidding.

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A car has crashed on Te Ngae Rd. Photo / Stephen Parker
A car has crashed on Te Ngae Rd. Photo / Stephen Parker

"The driver must have been skidding for a while before crossing the centreline and smashing."

She said the vehicle hit a van and police were there within seconds.

"The [car] is pretty banged up... the vehicles are skewiff across the road."

Both lanes on Te Ngae Rd were blocked and traffic was being diverted.

Emergency services at the scene of a crash on Te Ngae Rd. Photo / Stephen Parker
Emergency services at the scene of a crash on Te Ngae Rd. Photo / Stephen Parker

A reporter at the scene said there was debris strewn for about 100m.

One fire truck, one ambulance, and three police vehicles could be seen.

A woman sitting facing the road, waiting to go into the Owhata Medical Centre said she heard a screech and saw "stuff flying everywhere".

Bev Nelson said she saw the car "screaming through" before she heard the bang.

"Must've been a pretty loud bang to hear it from my house," she said.

Residents on Wharenui Rd said they heard a big bang.

When asked if they were used to commotion like this, they said: "it's Te Ngae."