Officer injured Bay of Plenty police chase

Three police vehicles were involved in a crash following a chase around the Bay of Plenty this morning. File photo.

A police officer is in hospital and man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today following a chase which began in Ngongotaha.

A about 2.40am, police attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle on Ngongotaha Road in Rotorua.

The driver failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, says Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi.

Road spikes were successfully deployed at the intersection of State Highway 29 and McLaren Falls Road and the driver eventually came to a stop.

“Fleeing driver incidents are very fast-paced dynamic situations and unfortunately, as the pursuing officer was getting out of his vehicle to arrest the driver, he was involved in a collision with another patrol car arriving on scene,” says Anaru.

“That patrol car then collided with a third police vehicle.”

The officer sustained a broken leg and was taken to hospital. There were no further injuries.

A 31-year-old man with two outstanding warrants was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, failing to stop and possession of a knife in a public place.

He is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today.

“Drivers who choose not to pull over for Police when instructed put themselves, other members of the public and our staff at risk.

“The message is clear, anyone who is signalled to stop by Police should pull over immediately.”

A Serious Crash Unit investigation in underway.

 

 


3 Comments

Unbelievable

Posted on 14-09-2018 10:15 | By Mike Kuipers von Lande

Like something out of the Keystone Cops or Police Academy 10 . I hope OSH holds a thorough investigation.

Clingon

Posted on 13-09-2018 14:14 | By clingon

That story will be re-told for years to come at the police Christmas parties: I would love to see the paperwork for that incident...

Work injury

Posted on 13-09-2018 10:50 | By First Responder

Are Worksafe investigating? This is a work related injury. Is fleeing driver cause of injury?

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